Sex and Gender Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measures

Sex and Gender Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measures

Sex and Gender Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measures

Sex and Gender Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measures

Synopsis

"Beere has written another useful reference book. This latest is actually a continuation of Gender Roles: A Handbook of Tests and Measures (Greenwood Press, 1990). . . . [This book] identifies 197 tests on many different topics including sexuality, pregnancy and childbirth, contraception and abortion, and eating disorders. . . . Students and faculty will find Sex and Gender Issues worthwhile and easy to use. Highly recommended for four-year college and university libraries." Choice

Excerpt

To conduct research, a scientist must locate or develop measures for assessing the relevant variables. Unlike physical scientists who can often rely on well-established measurement procedures, social scientists frequently have difficulty locating high-quality measures. If the selected measures are unreliable or invalid, the research is of limited, if any, value. Comparing research studies that have used different measures may lead to erroneous conclusions. In an ideal world, researchers would identify the variables they need to measure and then consult the "Standard Guide for Measures" to locate one extremely reliable, extremely valid measure for assessing each variable. Unfortunately this is not an ideal world, and no such book exists, but we can work toward solving some of the problems. We can try to facilitate the researcher's task of locating reliable, valid measures appropriate for his or her research.

As a step toward this goal, I wrote Women and Women's Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measures (Beere, 1979). Based on searching the psychological, sociological, and educational literature from the 1920s through 1977, I described 235 measures, 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). Users' and reviewers' comments have made it clear that the book serves a useful purpose.

The field of women's research has grown phenomenally during the past decade: areas not previously researched have become the foci of study, some measures formerly used were discarded, and researchers . . .

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