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ERIC Number: ED440893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Gender Role Differences in Students of Single-Parent and Intact Families.
Slavkin, Michael Lawrence
A study asked five specific questions about gender roles and the structure of the family. Participants, 108 female and 61 male students (between 17 and 56 years of age), enrolled in undergraduate psychology courses completed questionnaires as fulfillment of optional course credits. Participants were asked to define their families based on their family of origin and to complete two forms of the Bem Sex-Role Inventory--one to assess how the individual describes his or her own gender role and the other to assess how the individual describes the ideal person's gender role. Differences for personal and ideal gender role beliefs were not found between individuals reared in single-parent and intact families. However, while students from single-parent homes saw the societal ideal as being evenly divided between sex-typed (masculine-feminine) and androgynous roles, students from intact homes were more apt to define themselves as sex-typed (masculine). That is to say, individuals reared in single-parent homes were more apt to categorize the societal ideal as androgynous. Further examination of the results revealed that females from intact families stereotyped the ideal person as feminine, whereas males from intact families stereotyped the ideal person as masculine. Further studies should be performed to identify the relations between a child's personal gender roles and those gender roles modeled in the home. Contains 3 tables of data and 21 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Bem Sex Role Inventory