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Gender Segregation and Sexism: Does Schooling Type Predict Ambivalent Sexism in Later Life?

McMahon, Suzanne (2020) Gender Segregation and Sexism: Does Schooling Type Predict Ambivalent Sexism in Later Life? Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Research into segregated schooling has indicated that there is an increased level of gender stereotyping evident when compared to co-educational schooling. Drawing from Developmental Intergroup Theory this study aimed to expand on the current literature to determine whether schooling type (single-sex or co-educational) was associated with ambivalent sexism in later life. The hypotheses presented were that schooling type would add predictive utility to models of ambivalent, hostile, and benevolent sexism that already included known influences on levels of sexism – gender, age, religiosity, authoritarianism, and social dominance orientation. Participants were recruited through social media using a snowball sampling technique (N=213) and completed an online survey containing demographic information, the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory, the Religious Orientation Scale-Adapted, the Very Short Authoritarianism Scale, and the Short Social Dominance Orientation Scale. Results of hierarchical regression analyses found that schooling type did not significantly predict levels of ambivalent, hostile, or benevolent sexism. This study indicates that while prejudice may be more apparent within segregated schooling, this effect is not maintained over time. The results of the present study suggest that policies aimed at promoting positive intergroup contact may be a more effective method of reducing stereotyping and sexism than focusing on the segregation or the integration of schooling types.
Keywords: single-sex schooling, segregation, ambivalent sexism, intergroup, gender stereotypes

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Gender
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 10:00
Last Modified: 24 May 2021 10:00

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