Portions of this research have been reported in preliminary form at meetings of the Association for Women in Psychology, the American Psychological Society, and various smaller forums. Data for the different studies reported in this article were gathered in 1989–1990. The authors wish to thank Valerie Simmons, who helped generate initial position statements on various topics, and Kathleen Grady, Mary Parlee, and Mykol Hamilton, conversations with whom were especially valuable in the early stages of the scale's development. For research assistance with the studies reported here we express appreciation to Paul Aragon, Carleen Basler, Diana Brief, Trisha Castle, Julie Cryan, Margot Fahnestock, Christopher Miller, Hilary Sallee, and Kathleen Stewart. This research was supported by small grants from the UCLA Academic Senate, the UCSC Feminist Studies Organized Research Activity, and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.
DEVELOPING A SCALE TO MEASURE THE DIVERSITY OF FEMINIST ATTITUDES
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 22, Issue 3, pages 317–345, September 1998
How to Cite
Henley, N. M., Meng, K., O'Brien, D., McCarthy, W. J. and Sockloskie, R. J. (1998), DEVELOPING A SCALE TO MEASURE THE DIVERSITY OF FEMINIST ATTITUDES. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 22: 317–345. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1998.tb00158.x
Karen Meng is now at Project Inform.
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Initial submission: February 6, 1996 Initial acceptance: August 7, 1997 Final acceptance: August 7, 1997
This article reports two studies aimed at developing a new scale of attitudes toward women, incorporating six theoretically derived perspectives: conservative; liberal, radical, socialist, and cultural feminist; and women of color (womanist). In Study 1, an initial pool of 306 items was given to 117 respondents. Selection of 10 attitudinal and 3 behavioral items from each perspective for the final scale was based chiefly on item-total correlations. In Study 2, the Feminist Perspectives Scale was administered to 344 respondents and showed reasonable reliability and validity. For Femscore, a composite of five feminist attitudinal subscales, Cronbach's alpha was .91; test-retest correlations were .91 at 2 weeks and .86 at 4 weeks. Empirical data provided generally good support for the six perspectives, and factor analysis produced partial support for the six-perspective structure.