Gender and cohort differences in high school students' sex role orientation, 1984-1987

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Carolyn B. Beaver (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rebecca M. Smith

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine teenage sex-role orientation by gender and cohort. A 24-item Likert-type scale was used to measure Sex-Role Orientation (SRO). This sample consisted of three high school cohort groups totaling 543 students, 355 female and 188 male, from a high school in one county in the central part of North Carolina in 1984, 1985, and 1987. The hypothesis that males would be significantly more traditional in SRO than females was supported. Even though both males and females were found to be essentially nontraditional in orientation, an analysis of variance showed that males were significantly less nontraditional than females. The hypothesis that high school cohorts would be more traditional across years 1984, 1985, and 1987 was rejected. An analysis of variance showed no significant differences between student cohorts. In fact, scores of both males and females tended to be in the direction of more nontraditional over time. The hypothesis that there would be an interaction of sex and time on SRO scores was rejected. No interaction was found.

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Language: English
Date: 1989
Sex role
Sex differences (Psychology)

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