Sex Roles

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 173–182 | Cite as

ISRO: A scale to measure sex-role orientation

  • Nancy A. Dreyer
  • Nancy Fugate Woods
  • Sherman A. James


Sex-role research has been hampered by a lack of valid and reliable research tools to measure the construct being studied. This article describes the development of a research scale (ISRO) to measure women's sex-role orientation. This 16-item questionnaire has been shown to be internally consistent and to have fairly high temporal stability over 30 days. The high sensitivity (96.2%) and specificity (95.5%) suggest that it differentiates feminist from traditional women. Three factors assess attitudinal domains of conflict between family responsibilities and having a career; male/female division of household responsibilities; and women's work roles outside the home. Education appears to be the strongest predictor of ISRO scores.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy A. Dreyer
    • 1
  • Nancy Fugate Woods
    • 2
  • Sherman A. James
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Public HealthUniversity of North CarolinaUSA
  2. 2.Duke University and University of North CarolinaUSA
  3. 3.School of Public HealthUniversity of North CarolinaUSA

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