ERIC Number: ED399837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Male Nurses: More Like John Doe Than Jane Doe.
McCutcheon, Lynn E.
A study of 66 female and 56 male nurses employed in central Florida investigated the relationship between nursing experience and sex-role orientation and values. Nursing experience and degrees were similarly distributed across genders in the sample of nurses. The Bem Sex Role Inventory, a checklist of stereotypically feminine and masculine adjectives, and the Study of Values, an inventory of interest in and valuing of six areas (theoretical, economic, aesthetic, social, political, religious) were administered to each subject. Results indicated the male nurses scored significantly higher on Bem masculine items than the female nurses, and the female nurses scored higher on Bem feminine items than the men. Males were distributed across sex-role categories in about the same proportions as females. More female nurses were cross-typed than males. On the Study of Values, males scored slightly higher than females on economic and political values and slightly lower on social and religious values, just as non-nurse adult males do. Further analysis of the data for influence of career progression and specialty and comparison with another, similar study supported the finding of a lack of stereotypically feminine traits in male nurses. Implications for nursing student recruitment are considered. Contains 15 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Bem Sex Role Inventory