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ERIC Number: ED391139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Reconsidering Sex Roles and Aging: Preliminary Data on Some Influences of Context, Cohort, Time.
Sinnott, Jan D.; And Others
The Bem Sex Role Inventory was administered to adults age 60 and over to examine the nature of their scores on this scale in light of their current developmental demands and life circumstances. This study examined whether there is reason to believe that the nature of mature adults' scores is influenced by four things: passage of time; cohort in which respondents were born; rural or urban context; or by chronological adult age. This continuation of earlier studies readministered the Bem Sex Role Inventory to community dwelling urban older adults who had been tested the first time when they were age 60 or older. At the same time, additional community dwelling cohorts of older adults were tested. Although none of the respondent samples strongly endorsed the Bem items, predictions that Masculinity scale items would be more strongly favored by rural participants, and that middle-aged participants' responses would differ by gender more than older participants' responses were supported. However other differences related to time, age, and gender ran counter to predictions. Results were interpreted in light of theories of sex role development, prior research on sex roles and aging, and the limitations of current measures of roles. Contains 16 references. A table of statistical analysis is appended. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Bem Sex Role Inventory