ERIC Number: ED119581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Trying to Take Sex Role Out of Self-Concept.
Lunneborg, Patricia W.
In what way are peoples' future self-concepts affected by thoughtful appraisal and study of the sex-role literature in psychology? A 10-week course taught by a feminist psychologist stressed the harmful effects to both sexes of sex-role stereotypes. Traditional sex roles were presented as stifling, restrictive, false, and inappropriate if the goal is to maximize human potential. As a result of the instructor's bias, it was expected that the class would have even greater respect for traditionally valued female traits, and less admiration for such traditionally male valued traits. The self-concept scale employed not only had high social desirability values associated with them, but the items represented traits highly valued in only one sex. The course had its intended effect of female-valued personality traits, that is, greater valuation. It had the opposite effect than intended on male-valued personality traits. Male competency items were far more valued now by both sexes. The ideal adult of tomorrow, sex unspecified, will be more "masculine" in many ways than the college men of today. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention (Chicago, Illinois, August, 1975)