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Mary Lou Dietz
A review of the literature indicated that females may have a tendency towards greater rating extremity than do males when rating people. The literature on gender-role identity suggested that this may reflect a greater interest on the part of females in the task of rating people. This hypothesis was tested by classifying the subject population into gender-role catagories using the Bern Sex Role Inventory. The type of elements to be rated were manipulated in order to test for an interaction between gender-identity and rating extremity. The data support the hypothesis that rating extremity reflects meaningfulness of the task to the sub j ect however, no interaction between gender-role and element type was found. There appears to be a strong rating extremity response bias which generalizes to other rating tasks and influences the placement of subjects into gender-role categories on the Bern Sex Role Inventory.
Balz, Gary Steven, "The Influence of Gender-Role on Interpersonal Judgement" (1989). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 8664.