Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Retta E. Poe, Sam G. McFarland, Leroy Metze
Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
This study was designed to help answer the question: Do women with nontraditional attitudes toward the role of women in society obtain higher self-concept scores than women with more traditional attitudes toward the role of women? A second question was also investigated: Do women with non-traditional attitudes toward the role of women report that they behave more assertively than women with more traditional attitudes? One hundred and eighty-five undergraduate females were administered the Tennessee Self Concept Scale (TSCS), the Attitudes Toward Women Scale (AWS), and the College Self-Expressions Scale (CSES). Subjects were included in one of the three experimental groups on the basis of their scores on the AWS. The traditional group was composed of 13 women whose AWS scores were 1.5 standard deviations or more below the AWS scores were 1.5 standard deviations or more below the AWS mean for the sample, the middle group was composed of 16 women whose AWS scores were within one point of the AWS mean for the sample: the nontraditional group was composed of 14 women whore AWS score were 1.5 standard deviations or more above the AWS mean for the sample. The data were analyzed by means of a Kruskal-Walls one-way analysis of variance by ranks test.
Results indicated that there were no differences among the three experimental groups in self-concept scores. The data indicated, however, that there were differences among the groups in self-reported assertive behavior. It was concluded that although nontraditional women report that they behave more assertively than traditional women, the relationship between self-concept and attitudes toward women’s role is not clear. Several methodological problems were discussed
Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
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