ERIC Number: ED355596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
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The Case of the Missing Female Debater: Sex Role Orientation or Sex Role Expectation.
Worthen, Thomas Kenne; Pack, Gaylen N.
A study investigated the possible reasons for low numbers of females in intercollegiate debate. Subjects, 164 debaters, completed a self-assessment using the Bem Sex Role Inventory. Twenty-six debate judges completed an assessment of the sex role of the "ideal" debater. The study tested the hypothesis that both female debaters and the "ideal" debater would be high in masculine traits. Among judges, 85% assess the "ideal" debater as masculine. A chi-square performed between the sex roles of a control group and the sex roles of female debaters showed a significant difference between the two populations. Findings suggest that the sex role orientation of the debaters and the sex role expectation of the judges may affect female participation in debate. One table of data is included. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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