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A cross cultural investigation of gender

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dc.contributor.author Robinson KA en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:30Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:30Z
dc.date.created 1989 en
dc.date.submitted 1990 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25525
dc.description.abstract This study begins with the assertion that gender-role stereotypes exist in society, and that these influence the way the members of society perceive themselves and others. These stereotypes consist of sex-typed personality traits, attitudes, interests and behaviours, and they vary to a greater or lesser extent according to the culture that they vary originate in. Just as ordinary members of society are influenced by these stereotypes, so too are researchers, although this is not something that is often readily admitted. This study begins with the premise that before truly accurate assessment of the distributions of gender roles in a culture can be initiated, the culturally specific content of its gender-roles must be discovered. This involves the description of the culture's gender-role stereotypes. Such explication would hopefully also help researchers to avoid making biased interpretations as a result of the stereotypes. The relationship between stereotypes and self-perceptions must be established to see if scales based on the former are valid for use on the latter. This study's aim was to begin to investigate these two areas in English and Xhosa students. 94 white English speaking, and 48 black Xhosa speaking undergraduate students responded to an open ended, and a Likert-type questionnaire on various traits, attitudes and behaviours, by rating each for the "typical" male and female as well as themselves. Descriptions of stereotypes and self-ratings were obtained from performing within culture T-tests, comparing ratings of typical males and females, and male and female self ratings. Data from the open ended questionnaires was used to fill out these descriptions, which were then compared across sexes and across cultures. The findings are discussed. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Social psychology en
dc.title A cross cultural investigation of gender en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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