Gender Roles: A Handbook of Tests and Measures

Gender Roles: A Handbook of Tests and Measures

Gender Roles: A Handbook of Tests and Measures

Gender Roles: A Handbook of Tests and Measures

Synopsis

"Beere has produced a new edition of her Women and Women's Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measurements. Based largely on a search of the PsychLIT and ERIC databases from January 1978 to December 1988, the volume includes information on 211 tests and measures pertaining to gender roles and attitudes towards gender. . . . Particularly useful are chapter reviews of the literature in which the author reviews the quality of available research. Recommended for college and university libraries." Choice

Excerpt

Slightly over 10 years ago, I wrote Women and Women's Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measures (Beere, 1979) in order to provide researchers with a convenient source of measures to use in research regarding women and women's issues. I hoped the handbook would contribute to gender- related research in several ways: (1) by making it easier for researchers to locate quality instruments appropriate for their research, (2) by discouraging the proliferation of substandard or redundant measures, (3) by setting some minimal standards for measures used in women's research, and (4) by encouraging more research regarding women and women's issues. To achieve these goals, I searched the psychological, sociological, and educational literature from the 1920s through 1977. I identified the best 235 measures and described them in the handbook. The measures were organized into 11 chapters: Sex Roles (59 scales), Sex Stereotypes (25 scales), Sex Role Prescriptions (7 scales), Children's Sex Roles (11 scales), Gender Knowledge (5 scales), Marital and Parental Roles (23 scales), Employee Roles (16 scales), Multiple Roles (20 scales), Attitudes Toward Women's Issues (41 scales), Somatic and Sexual Issues (17 scales), and Unclassified (11 scales).

I was gratified by the feedback I received from users who found the handbook very useful, and I was pleased with the positive reviews the handbook received. The field of women's studies has grown phenomenally within the past decade; however, some older measures have become obsolete, and some new measures have been developed to replace them. More is known about the psychometric properties of some measures that have been used extensively. In addition, new areas of research have been developed, which have led to the development of new measures. A book written in 1979 can no longer provide researchers . . .

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