ERIC Number: ED290695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec-18
Reference Count: 0
Perceived Impact of the Women's Movement: Views of Rural Midwestern University Men and Women.
Hutchinson, Roger L.; Schechterman, Andrew L.
Current male/female role perceptions appear to be in concert with the egalitarian trend of society in general, according to this study conducted with 159 undergraduate students (99 females, 60 males) at a rural midwestern university. The FEM Scale, developed by Smith and other researchers (1975), was used to measure attitudes toward the women's movement. The FEM scale provides a measure of attitudes toward feminism and deals with acceptance or rejection of central beliefs regarding feminism rather than attitudes toward avowed feminists. Eighty-seven percent of the participants scored in the liberal direction on the FEM Scale, and 23 percent scored in the conservative direction. Participants who stated that the women's movement has had an impact upon their lives had more liberal attitudes toward women. Males and females in this sample hold liberal values and attitudes toward women. Many of these college-age students would be willing to learn more about the women's movement and/or be a part of its promotion in the social-political environment. Implications are indicated for persons who work directly with university students. Opportunities should be provided to maximally encourage and promote successful student involvement in psychological, social, and political issues. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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