Sex Roles

, Volume 59, Issue 7–8, pp 555–567 | Cite as

Effects of an Extracurricular Science Intervention on Science Performance, Self-Worth, Social Skills, and Sexist Attitudes of Taiwanese Adolescents from Single-Parent Families

  • Zuway-R HongEmail author
  • Huann-shyang Lin
  • Patricia McCarthy Veach
Original Article


A one group pretest-posttest design was used to investigate effects of an extracurricular science intervention on female and male junior high school students’ science performance, self-worth, social skills, and sexist attitudes. Twenty-eight 8th grade Taiwanese students (16 boys, 12 girls) from single parent families participated in this study. Student responses to a questionnaire measuring their self-worth, social skills, and sexist attitudes, and interviews and classroom observations used for triangulation and consolidation of qualitative findings revealed that girls improved significantly on several indices of science performance, and that both boys and girls decreased their sexist attitudes. Girls had significantly less sexist attitudes than boys at both pretest and posttest. Implications for practice and research are provided.


Single-parent family Extracurricular science intervention Science performance Self-worth Social skills Sexist attitudes 



This research was sponsored by the Taiwan National Science Council, NSC 93-2511-S-165-001 and NSC 94-2511-S-165-001, with many thanks for its supports.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zuway-R Hong
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Huann-shyang Lin
    • 1
  • Patricia McCarthy Veach
    • 2
  1. 1.National Sun Yat-sen UniversityKaohsiungR.O.C.
  2. 2.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.KaohsiungR.O.C.

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