Sex Roles

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 1–12

Attitudes toward sex-roles: Traditional or egalitarian?

  • Knud S. Larsen
  • Ed Long

DOI: 10.1007/BF00292459

Cite this article as:
Larsen, K.S. & Long, E. Sex Roles (1988) 19: 1. doi:10.1007/BF00292459


This article reports on the development of a Likert-type scale measuring attitudes toward egalitarian-traditional sex roles. A total of 484 undergraduates participated in six phases of the study. An item analysis study yielded 20 items with part-whole correlations <.48. The corrected split-half reliability coefficient is .91 (p≤.001). Five other phases of research show promising concurrent and construct validity. In particular, traditional attitudes are related to rigidity as measured by authoritarian, religious, same-sex touching, rape acceptance, divorce, and conservative attitudes. Overall, a varimax rotated factor analysis revealed one major factor accounting for 84.6% of the variance. Further, females were shown to have higher levels of egalitarian attitudes as compared to males.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Knud S. Larsen
    • 1
  • Ed Long
    • 1
  1. 1.Oregon State UniversityUSA

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