ERIC Number: ED145309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
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Sex Roles and Political Attitudes and Behavior.
Fisher, Philip A.
A survey questionnaire was administered to men and women undergraduates who were classified as masculine, feminine, androgynous, or undifferentiated depending upon whether they were above or below the median on separate measures of masculinity and feminity. Classifications were based on both the Berzins and Welling (Welling, 1975) and Spence, Helmreich, and Stapp (1974) sex role scales. Examined were four hypotheses suggesting that androgynous persons of both sexes, more than the traditionally sex typed (masculine men and feminine women), would express greater feelings of political efficacy, be more politically active, less conservative, and less dogmatic. Mixed support was found for the first two hypotheses and the second two were not supported. Feminine persons of both sexes were the most conservative and most dogmatic. This study found that androgynous persons have greater feelings of efficacy and are more politically active, while feminine persons are the most traditional and most isolated from political affairs. The study also offers support for the use of sex role scales that distinguish four sex role types. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (Chicago, Illinois, May 5-7, 1977)