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GENDER AND SELF-PERCEPTIONS OF SOCIAL POWER

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Abstract:

Using data from undergraduates we found that financial resources, intelligence and having responsibility were important sources of social power. Consistent with traditional gender norms, women were more likely than were men to perceive social power from emotional intimacy, social skills and parenting. Men were more likely than were women to perceive having a lot of social power due to physical strength and social status. Unexpected was that more men than women chose sexuality as a source of power. An awareness of gender stratification was found in the reports that “women in general” do not have a lot of social power and women were more likely than were men to say that “men in general” had a lot of social power.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2005.33.6.553

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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