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ERIC Number: ED260357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 14
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Youth and Parent Perceptions of Female Roles One Decade Apart.
White, Arden; Lewis, Jean
Several studies have compared male and female college students on their attitudes about women, while other studies have assessed the attitudes of elementary and secondary school students and of adults. No studies were found in which measurements had been taken in one community over an extended period of time. To examine possible attitude changes over time, attitudes of children and their parents in one community were compared over a 10-year period. In spring 1974, a random sample of junior high school girls and boys and their parents completed a questionnaire modeled after the Attitudes Toward Women Scale. The 1974 sample consisted of 30 girls, 30 boys, 29 mothers, and 24 fathers. In fall 1983, data were collected with the same instrument at the same school. A two-way analysis of variance was used to summarize data from eight groups (girls, boys, mothers, and fathers in 1974 and 1983). The results indicated significant main effects for groups and for time. Girls in 1983 showed no differences in their attitudes when compared with girls in 1974. The groups of boys, mothers, and fathers in 1983, however, all had significantly higher means than these groups sampled in 1974. Since higher scores are indicative of a less traditional attitude than lower scores, the finding that three groups scored higher in 1983 suggests that some changes are occurring in views of female roles. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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