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ERIC Number: ED315718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-14
Pages: 11
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Perceived Mate Availability and Marital-Familial Values: A Cross-Cultural Analysis.
Mitchell-Kernan, Claudia; Tucker, M. Belinda
Traditionally the sex ratio has been the domain of demographers and social biologists. This study takes the societal phenomenon of sex ratio imbalance as context, but focuses on the social psychological impact of perceived mate availability. One-half the contents of the 1989 Southern California Social Survey was devoted to the issue of mate availability and its attitudinal and psychological correlates. Subjects (N=1,116) were adults, with Blacks and Latinos oversampled. Two indicators of perceived mate availability were ascertained: availability of opposite sex and sex ratio. The results indicated that each of the groups could be classified in terms of perceived opposite sex availability: Black women were in a situation of severe undersupply; Black men in great oversupply; Latino women in relative undersupply; Latino and White men in relative balance. For most groups the perception was a relative reflection of the actual situation. The White female situation was a bit more ambiguous. In terms of actual sex ratio, White women were far more advantaged than Black women, but perceived their situation to be one of male shortage. The root of this perception may be more reflective of gender role issues than structural conditions. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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