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ERIC Number: EJ875066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
Gender Differences within Perceptions of Virtual Communities
Harper, Vernon, Jr.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v8 n3 p269-273 2007
Virtual communities are quickly becoming the standard mode of interaction in educational and professional contexts. However, the literature fails to accurately address the possibility of differences in the perceptions of these communities related to sex. Two-hundred and twenty-six students from a medium-sized university in the Mid-Atlantic United States completed 3 subscales developed to measure perceived attachment, friendship and connectivity. Analyses indicated men (M = 6.2, SD = 2.6) scored significantly higher than women (M = 5.5, SD = 2.3) in reference to perceived friendship. Additionally, men (M = 3.8, SD = 2.1) scored significantly higher than women (M = 2.9, SD = 1.6) in reference to perceived group attachment, while women (M = 6.9, SD = 2.1) slightly outscored men (M = 6.3, SD = 2.1) in reference to perceived connectivity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States