ERIC Number: ED109519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-27
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Sex-Role Stereotypes and Educators' Descriptions of Mature Personality.
Garman, Lynne G.; Plant, Walter T.
Do educators' descriptions of healthy, mature, socially competent individuals differ as a function of the sex of the person judged? Does the sex of the educator have an effect on the use of sex-role stereotypes? The Stereotype Questionnaire was administered to 126 instructors from every level of education, with instructions to describe a healthy, mature, socially competent adult male, adult female, or adult. The results supported five general conclusions: (1) high agreement exists among educators concerning the attributes of mature males, females and adults; (2) educators' concepts of health, maturity, and social competence differ for men and women; (3) these differences parallel common sex-role stereotypes which assign less social value to the feminine role; (4) educators are less likely to attribute characteristics of mature adults to a woman than they are to a man; and (5) female educators see women as coming significantly closer to the adult standard than do male educators. Possible explanations for this double standard are discussed. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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