ERIC Number: ED128744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The State of the Art of Counseling High School Girls. Final Report. Fels Discussion Paper No. 89.
A year spent in fulltime study of over 3,000 young women and counselors of both sexes in 13 schools shows that both groups have largely discarded the traditional stereotype of womanhood. Attitudes were measured on a continuum from dichotomous (gender-based) to androgynous (no sex referent). Counselors were significantly more androgynous than the girls they counsel. Self-report statements indicate that counselors are relatively more free of sex bias than their counselees. This tells more about what they say than about what they do. Girls miss the more subtle basic implications of feminism. Many think that women should work only if it doesn't interfere with domestic duties. They seem unaware that couples are increasingly sharing both domestic responsibilities and outside work. A strong positive relationship emerged between high I.Q. scores and androgynous attitudes. Although less strong, a significant relationship was found between attitudes toward sex roles and ethnicity. Anglos held the most androgynous attitudes followed by Asian Americans, Blacks and Chicanas. Affirmative Action has increased the demand for women in "blue collar" jobs yet this area is where discrimination is greatest and precisely where women need to develop a strong sense of themselves as women and as workers. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
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