Perceptions of Major Roles by College Students

Judith Landon Alpert, Mary Sue Richardson, Bonnie Perlmutter, Fay Shutzer

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This study concerns women's and men's perceptions of five roles and role combinations: Worker, spouse, parent, worker-spouse, and worker-parent. Undergraduates wrote stories to relevant projective cues. A variation of the Thematic Apperception Test was used. Protocols were coded for degree of (a) conflict, (b) positive outcome, and (c) positive affect, with inter-rater agreement at least 77% for each category. Sex and role differences were analyzed. Results indicate minimal sex differences. The tentative nature of the results is stressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-586
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology of Women Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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