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Sex Roles

, Volume 36, Issue 9–10, pp 655–663 | Cite as

The Generalizability and Construct Validity of the Modern Sexism Scale: Some Cautionary Notes

  • Janice D. Yoder
  • Theodore W. McDonald
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Abstract

Our purposes are to explore the generalizability of the Modern Sexism Scale [J. T. Swim et al. (1995) “Sexual and Racism: Old-Fashioned and Modern Prejudices,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 68, pp. 199–214] beyond mostly white, traditionally aged undergraduates and to extend analyses of its construct validity. Fourteen African American and 32 white women firefighters nationwide, having previously completed an extensive mail survey, were followed up with the Modern Sexism Scale. A four-factor solution, low inter-item correlations, and a low coefficient alpha argue against combining the 8-items of the scale. Racial differences on one item and in response variances as well as correlations with age, years of service, and education caution against handily overgeneralizing scale usage beyond students. Coherent patterns of interrelationships among Modern Sexism items and other personality, attitudinal, work experiential, and gender identity scales suggest strong convergent validity.

Keywords

Construct Validity Convergent Validity Gender Identity Mail Survey Cautionary Note 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janice D. Yoder
    • 1
  • Theodore W. McDonald
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeUSA

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