Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Gender role conflict and negative attitudes toward females have been areas of increasing concern since the early 1970s. Research has shown that both gender role conflict and negative attitudes toward females cause complications for the person with such perspectives. Relationships are an area that has been impacted by gender role conflict and attitudes toward females. Determining the impact that gender role conflict and attitudes toward females have upon each other and upon relationship beliefs will increase awareness of the seriousness of these complications allowing clinicians to focus therapeutic interventions on methods that will increase relationship quality.
Using the Gender Role Conflict Scale (O'Neil, Helmes, David, Gable, & Wrightsman, 1986), Attitudes Toward Women Scale (Spence & Helmreich, 1972), and Relationship Beliefs Inventory (Eidelson & Epstein, 1982), the relationship between gender role conflict, attitudes toward females, and relationship beliefs was investigated. Participants included 244 male undergraduate students enrolled in a mid-sized southern university. Results showed that there was a significant relationship between gender role conflict and attitudes toward women, gender role conflict and relationship beliefs, and attitudes toward women and relationship beliefs. Additionally, it was found that attitudes toward women significantly moderated the relationship between gender role conflict and relationship beliefs.
Wood, Julia M., "" (2004). Dissertation. 630.