Attitudes toward feminism : the development of a measurement scale

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Lona T. Richey (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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J. Allen Watson

Abstract: The purposes of this study were: (a) to develop a valid and reliable instrument designed to measure attitudes toward feminism, that is, women's rights; (b) to investigate the prevalent attitudes toward feminism; and (c) to explore the relationship between the level of education, occupational status, career plans, hopes to marry, mother's employment status, number of children, number of children desired, and the sex and birth order of siblings and the subjects' attitudes toward feminism. The subjects were 477 females, of which 215 were undergraduates at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and 262 were non-college females who were members of various clubs and special interest groups which met in the Greensboro, North Carolina area. Each of these 477 subjects responded to the Feminism Attitude Scale and a biographical data sheet. The validity of the scale was established through interjudge agreement and supported by the results of a factor analysis. The corrected odd even split-half reliability for the scale was .87. A factor analysis identified 16 variables within the scale. An analysis of variance was used to explore the relationship between the mean feminism scores and the biographical data groupings. The hypothesis that a scale designed to measure attitudes toward feminism would show significant differences in the scores between feminist and non-feminist attitudes was supported.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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