Sex Roles

, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp 651-657

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Reliability of the Attitudes Toward Women Scale (AWS) and the Personal Attributes Questionnaire (PAQ)

  • Jan D. YoderAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Webster College
  • , Robert W. RiceAffiliated withState University of New York at Buffalo
  • , Jerome AdamsAffiliated withUnited States Military Academy
  • , Robert F. PriestAffiliated withUnited States Military Academy
  • , Howard T. PrinceIIAffiliated withUnited States Military Academy

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The stability and internal consistency of Spence and Helmreich's Attitudes Toward Women Scale (AWS) and Personal Attributes Questionnaire (PAQ) are reported. An entire first-year class of 1,007 male and 78 female cadets at the U.S. Military Academy were given a battery of psychological tests before and after cadet basic training, a 2 1/2-month period. The AWS and PAQ proved to be highly reliable, comparable to other frequently used psychological tests. This psychometric information encourages researchers to make further use of these gender-related instruments.