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ERIC Number: ED359474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-10
Pages: 41
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Evidence for Changing Attitudes about Gender Roles: An Analysis of Data Acquired since 1968.
Falk, Laurence L.
Attitudes toward family gender roles were examined using data collected in family courses since 1968. Data contributed by single men (N=803) and women (N=1,830) in response to a questionnaire were grouped into 2-year intervals. Factor analysis was used to produce gender role assessment scales, and gender differences were assessed using a t-test for separate groups. Gender differences in attitudes toward love also were examined. Some trends emerged that seemed to reflect broader changes in married gender role prescriptions and sexual attitudes. The most consistent change was reflected in gender roles providing less authority to males and greater latitude toward females in financial and other areas. In the areas of wife-husband economic control and decision making, changes seem to be consistent with the greater participation of married women in the paid labor force. Attitudes about love were less consistent although they did reflect gender differences in that men, of college age, tended to be more idealistic about romance and family relations and to hold a less realistic attitude toward motherhood than did women. Where gender differences occurred in attitudes toward premarital sex, males tended to be more accepting of premarital sexual behavior for both men and women than were females, and this was reflected in the males' sexual behavior as well. Findings suggest that attitudes are changing and that men and women continue to differ in their attitudes. (Contains 47 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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