ERIC Number: ED237836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May-6
Reference Count: 0
Androgyny in the Single-Parent Family.
Rice, Phillip L.; Bernstein, Sandy
The single parent who has to assume the role and the responsibilities of both mother and father provides a different sex-role model for the child than that provided in the two-parent family. Research has indicated that single parents are more androgynous than parents in intact families. To investigate the sex roles of 332 college students (213 females; 119 males) who were raised in single parent (N=48) and intact nuclear families (N=284), the BEM Sex-Role Inventory, the Spence-Helmreich Personal Attributes Questionnaire, the Family Environment Scale--Short Form, and the Marital History Survey were administered. An analysis of the results showed that children reared in a single-parent environment did not differ substantially from those reared in a nuclear parent home on scales measuring androgyny. However, single-parent family environments did produce a significant change in the distribution of sex-role types, i.e., androgynous males appeared more frequently in single-parent families, while androgynous females appeared less frequently; undifferentiated males appeared less frequently and undifferentiated females appeared more frequently. Neither age nor maternal employment were found to be significant factors determining androgyny. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwesetern Psychological Association (55th, Chicago, IL, May 5-7, 1983).