Janice D. Yoder, Department of Psychology, University of Akron; Arnold S. Kahn, Department of Psychology, James Madison University.
Making Gender Comparisons More Meaningful: A Call for More Attention to Social Context
Version of Record online: 29 OCT 2003
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 281–290, December 2003
How to Cite
Yoder, J. D. and Kahn, A. S. (2003), Making Gender Comparisons More Meaningful: A Call for More Attention to Social Context. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 27: 281–290. doi: 10.1111/1471-6402.00108
- Issue online: 29 OCT 2003
- Version of Record online: 29 OCT 2003
- Initial submission: August 31, 2001 Initial acceptance: November 26, 2002 Final acceptance: March 17, 2003
We challenge researchers to consider sex and gender as a marker for possible social contextual differences. Disappointed by both philosophical and empirical attempts to find coherence in research making gender comparisons, we selectively review studies showing both context-specific similarities between women and men where overall comparisons found differences as well as context-specific differences where general patterns of similarity existed. These examples cut across embedded levels of social context, ranging from those immediately proximal to the individual (interpersonal) to organizational and broad societal structures. They suggest that seemingly identical contexts can have sweepingly different impacts on women and men and that effective social interventions be gender-sensitive.