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ERIC Number: ED146649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 158
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Male and Female Dominance in Communication.
Octigan, Mary Withrow
This study explores male/female patterns of dominance in dyadic speech communication in order to determine the influence of speaker's sex, speaker's commitment to the women's movement, and observer feedback on those patterns. College students (30 males and 30 females) responded to an "attitudes-toward-women" questionnaire and were classified as either pro-feminist or traditional. The subjects then participated in twenty-minute conversational dyads, during which third-party observers recorded behavior patterns before and after a feedback intervention statement. Results indicate that males exert significantly greater speech dominance (particularly in mixed-sex conversations), that no effect can be attributed to speakers' pro-feminism or traditional attitudes, and that feedback principles may well inhibit feminists' attempts to adopt male language patterns. (Author/RL)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Denver