ERIC Number: ED149195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Equality, Feminism, and Self-Assertion.
Snoek, Diedrick; Mei, Dolores M.
Is it possible that what is perceived as self-assertion in a man is perceived as aggression in a woman? These studies investigate whether (a) consciously feminist women place a greater than average importance on the value of equality and whether (b) women's approval for self-assertion in themselves and others interacts with their feminist attitudes. The measures used in these studies of northeast college women include the Rokeach terminal value survey and a modified version of the 30-Item Schedule for assessing Assertive Behavior. Study One found significant differences in the importance placed on equality by women identified by their self-reported levels of feminism. In Study Two, the differences were in the same direction although not statistically reliable. There were no statistically significant differences in levels of approval for assertiveness by sex of actor. However, Study One showed a tendency for strongly feminist women to wish to become more assertive, although this difference failed to achieve statistical significance. It is suggested that the overall lack of significant findings is largely due to the restricted range of the samples involved as well as to the preliminary nature to this inquiry and its choice of methodology. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Boston, Massachusetts, April 1977)