2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Parallel structures: Creating a scale for male feminist identity development and exploring similarities with female feminist identity development theory
Amy M. Wessel* and Jennifer N. Crawford
Dr. Karen Vittengl, Faculty Mentor

The evaluation of male feminist identity has yet to be explored. This study examines its relation to the Downing-Roush (1985) model of feminist identity development which suggests five progressive stages of development for women: Passive Acceptance, Revelation, Embeddedness-Emanation, Synthesis, and Active Commitment. Moreover, it investigates the level of feminist identity in men in relation to well-being, gender orientation, and the personality factors of agreeableness and conscientiousness through self-report surveys. The results of this study suggest that it is reasonable to assume men moving towards a feminist identity progress through similar stages as women. This study is a starting point for research concerning male feminism which may have implications in several areas of interest, including well-being, personality factors, and self-identity development.

Keywords: feminist development, self- identity

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-1
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15 pm

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