Past research on the effects of sex role stereotypes on evaluation of male and female performers have neither pretested for the gender linkage of the task nor controlled for several potential confounds. In this study, American male and female students (N = 143; 68 men, 75 women) rated high- and low-performing male and female stimulus persons in two different objectively determined gender-linked jobs (nurse vs. computer programmer). The results of several 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 (gender of the rater, gender of the stimulus person, gender linkage of the task, and high or low performance) analyses of variance conducted on the dependent variables revealed several significant differences that were not completely consistent with past research. Additional research is needed to determine if these findings were spurious or due to the presence of the experiemental controls.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology