Sex Roles

, Volume 25, Issue 3–4, pp 255–268 | Cite as

Gender and values: What is the impact on decision making?

  • Stephen M. Crow
  • Lillian Y. Fok
  • Sandra J. Hartman
  • Dinah M. Payne


In this study we investigated C. Gilligan's [(1982), In a different voice: Psychological theory and women's development, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press] suggestion that women and men, due to socialization, develop differently in terms of moral development [L. Kohlberg (1969), “Stage and Consequence: The Cognitive Development Approach to Socialization,” In D. G. Goslin (Ed.), Handbook of socialization: Theory and research, Chicago: Rand McNally]. We also considered whether men and women differ in terms of a related construct, values of equity and equality [K. A. Rasinski (1987), “What's Fair Is Fair or Is It? Value Differences Underlying Public Views About Social Justice,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 53, pp. 201–211]. It is our expectation that gender influences overall orientation in terms of the two sets of values, and that differences in values lead decision makers to weigh decision issues and to make final decisions differently. Results suggest that there are some gender-related differences in value systems, weights of decision issues, and final decisions.


Decision Making Decision Maker Social Psychology Final Decision Cognitive Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen M. Crow
    • 1
  • Lillian Y. Fok
    • 1
  • Sandra J. Hartman
    • 1
  • Dinah M. Payne
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management, College of Business AdministrationUniversity of New OrleansNew Orleans

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