Competency evaluations based on gendered messages

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dc.contributor.advisor Shue, Carolyn K.
dc.contributor.author Small, Dillon L.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-09T15:25:47Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-09T15:25:47Z
dc.date.created 2010-07-24 en_US
dc.date.issued 2010-07-24
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/193329
dc.description.abstract Research in the area of sex and gender communication has been largely relegated the organizational setting and the superior/subordinate framework. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the effects of biological sex and psychological gender on evaluations of communication appropriateness within the interpersonal context. College students were first asked to complete a sex-role inventory. There were then presented with a series of scenarios depicting a communication encounter in which communicators adhered to gendered communication behavior norms, and a communication encounter in which communicators deviated from gendered communication behavior norms. After reading each transcript, participants completed a communication appropriateness scale for each character presented in the scenarios. The results show that within the interpersonal context, there are differences between males and females in evaluations of general competence, and that males enacting a feminine style of communication are evaluated as more communicatively appropriate than males enacting a masculine style of communication. Finally, this study provides a critique on the Bem Sex-Role Inventory based upon empirical evidence.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Communication Studies
dc.subject.lcsh Communication and sex.
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role.
dc.subject.lcsh Communicative competence.
dc.title Competency evaluations based on gendered messages en_US
dc.title.alternative Title on signature form: Exploring the effect of biological sex and psychological gender on evaluations of communication competence
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1610833


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