Societal changes toward more equality between men and women have impacted romantic relationships. People are reexamining gender roles in heterosexual romantic relationships. Should the man pay on a first date? Should women be responsible for childcare despite their increased career demands? This study explores attitudes toward gender roles within heterosexual romantic relationships. We hypothesized that participants with more egalitarian relationship attitudes would have higher self-esteem, higher self-concept clarity, and more permissive attitudes toward premarital sexual intercourse. In general, persons with more egalitarian attitudes did not have higher self-esteem or self-concept clarity than persons with traditional attitudes, but female egalitarian participants were more sexually permissive. In addition, men and women with more egalitarian relationship attitudes were less religious and had less restrictive sociosexual orientations.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Eshbaugh, Elaine M. and Harton, Helen C.
"Correlates of Egalitarian Relationship Attitudes,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 4:
1, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol4/iss1/13