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Gender role attitudes and attitudes to abortion: are there gender differences?

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-26 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T13:27:56Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T13:27:56Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-26 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11249
dc.description.abstract This study examines gender differences in gender role attitudes and attitudes to abortion in a sample of 141 undergraduate students. Religion and religiosity were treated as covariates. Using the short version of Spence and Helmreich???s (1978) Attitudes toWomen Scale (AWS) taken from Spence and Hahn [Spence, J. T., & Hahn, E. D. (1997). The Attitudes Toward Women Scale and attitude to change in college students. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 21, 17-34] and the abortion attitudes scale developed by Stets and Leik [Stets, J. E., & Leik, R. K. (1993). Attitudes about abortion and varying attitude structures. Social Science Research, 22, 265-282], we found that females have more liberal attitudes to women and show stronger approval for women's autonomy in abortion decision-making. Given the low internal consistency of this three-item subscale, responses to the individual items were analyzed. More males than females feel that the father should have the right to prevent the mother from having an abortion. Most of the students indicate that the woman should have to tell the father before having an abortion and most disagree that the abortion is entirely a woman's decision. There were no gender differences on the moral acceptability and availability subscales. The overall results reflect somewhat conservative attitudes to women, and seemingly contradictory findings on the abortion issue in this sample of university students. Although they endorse the availability of abortion, at the same time they find it morally unacceptable and show weak support for women's autonomy in this decision. The implications of these findings for the advancement of women's rights in this country are discussed. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject ABORTION en
dc.subject GENDER en
dc.title Gender role attitudes and attitudes to abortion: are there gender differences? en
dc.type Journal articles - non-HSRC staff en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 46 en
dc.BudgetYear 2009/10 en
dc.ResearchGroup Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle The Social Science Journal en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9942 en
dc.PageNumber 493-505 en
dc.outputnumber 8897 en
dc.bibliographictitle Patel, C.J. & Johns, L. (2009) Gender role attitudes and attitudes to abortion: are there gender differences?. <i>The Social Science Journal</i>. 46:493-505. en
dc.publicationyear 2009 en
dc.contributor.author1 Patel, C.J. en
dc.contributor.author2 Johns, L. en

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