Gender Roles and Helping Behavior
Gender roles amongst traditional students
Gender roles amongst nontraditional students
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Theses; 2014
Gender roles are important in our society. Until recently gender roles have been relatively rigid, however currently many people are not tied to rigid gender roles. Helping behavior is a very important aspect of modern society. This research studied 3 hypotheses to examine the relationship of gender roles, life experiences, personality, and helping behavior intention. It was hypothesized regardless of sex, masculine individuals help more in dangerous helping situations, and feminine individuals help more in emotional situations. Also it was hypothesized students who are nontraditional or have more titles / life responsibilities will be more androgynous than traditional students with less life responsibilities. This causes them to help more and not show any difference in type of helping situation they participate in. Finally I hypothesized that personality is also a factor in our helping choices. The results show some statistical trends of behavior rather than outlining new behaviors. An interesting trend that was uncovered is that females are helped first in both dangerous and emotional situations, while men are helped last if it is an emotional based help. Better understanding gender roles and helping tendency could be beneficial to college students in several ways. First, knowledge of gender roles might help students understand themselves a little better. Second, helping is important for functioning of a society, and learning more about the variables that influence helping behavior would be beneficial to individuals as well as society in general.
Marion Campus Senior Thesis Recognition Award
Academic Major: Psychology
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