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ERIC Number: ED311506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 21
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The Effect of Perceived Height on Judgments of Women's Personality Orientations.
Hensley, Wayne E.
A number of past investigations have documented a relationship between height and personality for males and children. A study was conducted to discover the perceived personality characteristics dependent on women's heights. Subjects, 501 college students, responded to one of four pictures of two women, via a questionnaire, estimating personality characteristics and height. Findings indicated that as a woman is judged to be increasingly taller, she is concomitantly seen as increasingly dominant, loud, and mean. Her increasing height is inversely related to judgments of friendliness and perceptions of her persuasiveness are curvilinearly related to perceptions of her height. The overwhelming share of explained variance between height and these five descriptors is attributable to the single attribute of dominance. Since the sample of persons responding are both male and female, and have Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores two standard deviations above the American college norm, these results may be seen as distressing, implying possible negative orientations toward tall women of future upper management and corporate heads, as well as an indication of the disadvantages women may face in the world of work. (One figure is included, and 22 references are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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