ERIC Number: ED160916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Competence and Sex Prejudice--Is the Latter Disappearing?
McCutcheon, Lynn E.; Fichter, Eugene H.
Male (N=80) and female (N=80) subjects who were matched for age and GPA were presented with either a competently or incompetently worded version of a 750-word excerpt from a journal article. The article was attributed to either Joan or John Maxwell. Subjects rated each article on scales for: professional competence of the author; writing style; ability to convince the reader. Separate 2 x 2 x 2 factorial analyses of variance were applied to responses on each scale. There were no significant effects for professional competence of author; there was a marginally significant effect indicating that the competent version of the article was better styled. All three main effects were significant on the third scale, ability to convince the reader. Thus, the competent version of the excerpt was seen as more convincing, Joan Maxwell was rated as more convincing than John, and females gave lower ratings than males. None of the interactions were significant. Results suggest that females are no longer prejudiced against themselves, and anti-female prejudice is declining among college males. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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