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ERIC Number: ED318966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-6
Pages: 11
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Women's Dominance with Men Revisited: What if She Is More Intelligent?
Snodgrass, Sara E.; Stoliker, Howard
Previous research has indicated that women tend to relinquish leadership, or dominance, to men in mixed-sex interactions, even when the woman has a more dominant personality trait or when she is assigned to be the leader. This study was designed to determine effects of perceived intelligence in dominance, particularly if women who thought they were more intelligent than their male partner would more readily assume dominance. College student subjects (N=126) interacted with a partner that they were led to believe was either more or less intelligent than themselves. Sixty-three pairs (same- and mixed-sex) interacted and then completed questionnaires rating their perceptions of their own and their partner's dominance, intelligence, etc. Males were not more dominant than "less intelligent" subjects. However, interactions between sex and intelligence level showed that females with "more intelligent" males were least dominant of all, and males with "less intelligent" females were most dominant. Regardless of intelligence level, females paired with males were less dominant. The results support past studies which indicated that women do not tend to assume dominance with male partners, regardless of the situation. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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