ERIC Number: ED302767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-29
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Field Dependency in Relation to Sex-Role Self-Concept: A New Look.
Elderkin-Thompson, Virginia D.; And Others
This study examined whether the personality characteristics associated with sex-role self-concept and field dependency might be related to the coping behavior used with everyday hassles by university women. Female college students (N=40) completed the Rod and Frame test, a questionnaire to define subjects' dominant coping behavior, and the short form of the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI). The results revealed no significant relationships between coping styles and sex-role self-concepts or field dependency. There was a significant relationship between sex-role self-concept and field dependency if masculine and androgynous subjects were compared to feminine or undifferentiated subjects. This finding suggests that the BSRI responses regarding sex-role self-concept may be more socially influenced than was previously thought. Also, field independent women may use their sense of autonomy to resist social pressure to conform to expected sex-role self-concepts. The field dependent women, in contrast, may use their reliance on external cues in forming sex-role self-concepts considered at present to be more socially desirable. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (68th, Burlingame, CA, April 28-May 1, 1988).