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ERIC Number: ED080905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 13
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The Effect of Sex as A Variable in Help Seeking.
Wallston, Barbara
This report examines inhibition in help-seeking for male subjects. Using a male and female experimenter, the study examined the following five variables: (1) sex of helper; (2) sex role appropriateness of task; (3) anticipated future audience interaction; (4) sex role ideology of subject; and (5) self esteem of subject. The report concluded that, for high self-esteem males, help-seeking is inhibited in male-oriented tasks. Men appear to be limited by sex stereotyped training, a factor which affects their requests for tutoring, counseling, and other helping services. By deemphasizing sex-appropriate behavior and decreasing the pressure on men to be independent, we can free them to seek help when it is needed. Not only will such freedom allow better utilization of services, but even more importantly it will allow men to grow as individuals. (Author/LAA)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
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Note: Paper presented at a Symposium of the American Educational Research Association, 3-7 April 1972, Chicago, Illinois