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ERIC Number: ED343409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 38
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Psychological Dimensions of Women's Names: A Semantic Differential Analysis.
Lawson, Edwin D.
To measure stereotypes of the 518 most common women's names along six dimensions (Good-Bad, Strong-Weak, Active-Passive, Sincere-Insincere, Intelligent-Dumb, and Calm-Emotional), this study administered the Osgood semantic differential to 250 male and 250 female college students. While previous research has been done on the first three of these dimensions, this is the first time the procedure has been used with six dimensions on women's names. Results confirm that there are differential stereotypes, and that there are a number of significant differences in the perceptions of men and women. An additional finding is a high correlation of the attitudes of men and women except of the Calm-Emotional dimension, possibly due to differing attitudes about which is the more positive dimension. The conclusion may be drawn that these differential perceptions and stereotypes lead to differential treatment and to variations in the self-esteem of the individuals affected. Three tables contain 23 pages of comparative statistics from the study. Contains 9 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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