Social Influence and Gender Norms
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Honors Theses; 2008
Studies show that gender role norms affect the way people act, feel, and think. They are instilled in us at an early age and can affect our day to day lives. The present study investigates the strength of gender norms, and whether one’s self-perception of the norms they relate (or do not relate) to can be effected by social influence. Undergraduate students at The Ohio State University Mansfield in an introductory psychology class took part in the study. Results were non-significant, but the trends found went in the direction of the hypothesis. With insignificant findings, it can be assumed that gender roles are relatively resistant to social influence. Weaknesses of the methodology and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant
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