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ERIC Number: EJ806250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8392
Culture, Son Preference, and Beliefs about Masculinity
Mahalingam, Ramaswami; Balan, Sundari
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v18 n3 p541-553 Sep 2008
We examined whether endorsing hyper-masculine attitudes positively related to the psychological well-being of adolescent boys (N=233) in an extreme son preference community, in Tamilnadu, India. A survey with masculinity and measures of psychological well-being was administered. We predicted that endorsement of masculinity would positively relate to personal strength, academic achievement, and positive psychological outcomes. Using regression analyses, we found that greater endorsement of masculinity predicted lower self-reported depression (b= -.48, p less than .001), lower internalized shame (b= -.48, p less than .001), higher academic performance (b=.15, p less than .05), and higher personal strength (b=.43, p less than .001). We discuss the relevance of our findings for developing interventions to combat extreme female neglect. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India