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ERIC Number: ED262359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-6
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Male/Female Role Values: A Comparison of Caucasian and Japanese American College Students.
Engel, John W.
Research in America on sex role attitudes and beliefs tends to neglect the views of minorities. While there is some research on the sex role attitudes of Chinese Americans, little is known about Japanese American attitudes and beliefs. To assess and compare Japanese and Caucasian American college students' attitudes, a questionnaire assessing values related to men's and women's roles in family and work contexts was administered to 244 Japanese American and 99 Caucasian college students. The results revealed that while all groups tended to be more liberated than traditional, they also maintained some relatively traditional beliefs. Japanese and Caucasian men differed significantly in their beliefs regarding women's place in the home, working women's homemaking and childcare responsibilities, sex differences in abilities related to homemaking and childcare, and men's capacity for enjoyment of homemaking and childcare. Japanese and Caucasian women differed significantly in their beliefs regarding women's capacity to handle the responsibilities of both career and home, potential effects of wife's employment on marital adjustment, their own potential for enjoying the role of a full-time housewife, shared roles in marriage, potential effects of househusband roles on masculinity, women's primary responsibilities, comparative male/female suitability for housework and childcare, and equal rights and responsibilities. Japanese American beliefs and attitudes towards male and female roles can be seen as reflecting both traditional Japanese ideals and the realities of early immigrant life and work in America. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii