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Person orientation of male and female high school students: To the Educational disadvantage of males?

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Potential differences in the person orientation of male and female high school students that are likely to have a significant influence on their achievement strivings were investigated. A questionnaire, consisting of several indices of person orientation, was administered to 848 grade 10 and 12 students. The data revealed that boys are especially susceptible to anti-intellectual influences from their peers and suggest that the interference of affiliative concerns with achievement behavior, a problem that has received considerable attention in the psychology of women, may also be very relevant to understanding the academic underachievement of males.

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Correspondence to Frank W. Schneider.

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This study was supported in part by grants from the Ontario Department of Education (1024) and the Canada Council (S73-1887). We wish to express our appreciation to the participating schools boards, some of which were the following: Lincoln County Separate School Board and Windsor Roman Catholic Separate School Board. Also, we thank Gordon Reid for his helpful advice in the preparation of this manuscript. A portion of this manuscript was presented at the meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Winnipeg, 1983.

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Schneider, F.W., Coutts, L.M. Person orientation of male and female high school students: To the Educational disadvantage of males?. Sex Roles 13, 47–63 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00287460

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Keywords

  • High School
  • Social Psychology
  • Significant Influence
  • High School Student
  • Person Orientation