ERIC Number: ED305287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-31
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Gender Issues in Psychology: A Content Analysis of Introductory Psychology Textbooks.
Connor-Greene, Patti; And Others
This paper assesses the attention given to gender issues in 17 psychology textbooks published between 1985 and 1987 and used in college undergraduate introductory courses. The methodology used was the analysis of content and research citations. Specific issues that were examined included: (1) the explanation of the distinction between gender and sex differences; (2) the inclusion of sections in chapters on gender/sex roles; (3) the presentation of historical and contemporary masculine and feminine perspectives; (4) the coverage of recent research topics relating to androgyny and gender schema theory; and (5) the number and recency of research citations. The results show only four textbooks clearly explained the distinction between gender and sex differences, and four covered gender or sex roles under a specific heading. All 17 included material on Sigmund Freud, while more recent theorists such as Karen Horney, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Carol Gilligan were cited less frequently. Androgyny appeared in seven texts, and only two contained mention of gender schema theory. A table provides the breakdown of the number and recency of research citations. The study indicates that textbooks require a more balanced view of gender, both in topics included and in the number and recency of research findings related to this area. A 20-item reference list is included. (DJC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (34th, New Orleans, LA, March 31-April 2, 1988).