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Title:Chivalry: The Relation Between a Cultural Script and Stereotypes About Women
Author(s):Altermatt, Thomas William
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):McGrath, Joseph E.
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Psychology, Social
Abstract:Chivalry is a cultural script prescribing the preferential treatment of women by men in the contexts of protection and provision. Although it is often regarded as a polite and prosocial script for male-female relations, chivalry is sometimes suspected of undermining efforts to promote equal status for women because it suggests that women require more help than men do. In this report, I examined the relation between chivalry and two beliefs about women: the belief that women are more virtuous than men and the belief that women are less agentic than men. Endorsement of the chivalry script was found to be significantly positively correlated with the belief that women are more virtuous than men and the belief that women are less agentic than men. In addition, chivalrous men tended to show preferential treatment only to women who appeared to be high in virtue and low in agency. Finally, participants who merely observed a woman receiving chivalrous treatment perceived her to be significantly less independent than participants who observed the same woman when she did not receive chivalrous treatment.
Issue Date:2001
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:182 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/81997
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3017013
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2001


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