ERIC Number: ED243988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Correlates of Sex Role Attitudes among Black Men and Women: Data from a National Survey of Black Americans.
Hatchett, Shirley J.; Quick, Alida D.
Urban Research Review, v9 n2 p1-3, 11
In an investigation of the socioeconomic and demographic correlates of sex role attitudes among black Americans, four sex role attitude items were analyzed. Two tapped attitudes toward familial division of labor, one addressed perceptions of the consequences of women working, and one addressed attitudes toward motherhood. Eight background variables were included in the analysis: age, education, household income, region of residence, religiosity, and marital, job, and parental status. Findings documented a great deal of support for egalitarianism among black Americans, both men and women. Generally, the data showed support for more modern sex role norms in all areas except one--motherhood, which a large majority of both sexes saw as the most fulfilling role for women. Although there were sex differences on the other three norms, they were not as large as might be expected. Overall, the correlates and predictors of sex role attitudes of men and women were found to be different. More relationships were found between socioeconomic variables and sex role attitudes for black women than for black men. Except for sex, none of the background variables, either alone or with others, explained more than a very modest proportion of the variance in sex role attitudes. (CMG)
Descriptors: Adults, Black Attitudes, Demography, National Surveys, Predictor Variables, Sex Differences, Sex Role, Socioeconomic Status
Institute for Urban Affairs and Research, Howard University, 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Minority Group Mental Health Program.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
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