A Field Study of Sex-role Attitude Change in College Women

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  • Diane N. Ruble,

    1. University of California, Los Angeles
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      Requests for reprints should be sent to Dr. Dime N. Ruble, now at Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

  • Julie A. Croke,

    1. University of California, Los Angeles
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  • Irene Frieze,

    1. University of California, Los Angeles
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      Currently at University of Pittsburgh.

  • Jacquelynne E. Parsons

    1. University of California, Los Angeles
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      Currently at Smith College.

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      The authors are grateful to Lois Biener for assistance with the data analysis and for helpful comments throughout the research. Appreciation is also expressed to Barry Collins and Jacqueline Goodchilds for reading and commenting on an earlier draft of this paper and to the members of the Women's Studies Program at UCLA.


Abstract

Two field studies are presented which examine to what extent women's studies courses are effective in changing sex-role attitudes in college women. Factor analyses were performed on the questionnaire data to produce summary variables for the change analysis and to examine the structure of sex-role ideology. The results, consistent in both studies, showed the women's sex-role beliefs are comprised of definable areas and that awareness of sex discrimination and traditional beliefs regarding the proper roles for men and women are more susceptible to influence than are other types of variables.

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