Androgyny (Psychology), Anxiety, Computers -- Psychological aspects, Sex role
A group of 125 female college students were given Spielberger's State Anxiety Inventory and Bem's Sex Role Inventory. Those females with minimal typing skills and minimal computer experience interacted with a computer ten minutes and then given a second State Anxiety Inventory. Pretest and posttest data were obtained from forty-eight subjects selected on the basis of Bem's Sex Role Inventory to test the hypotheses: females that score high on the Androgynous scale of the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) will experience relatively low levels of anxiety while interacting with computer, females that score high on the Feminine and Undifferentiated scales of BSRI will experience relatively high levels of anxiety while interacting with a computer, and females that score high Masculine on the BSRI will experience relatively intermediate levels of anxiety. Androgynous females will produce high performance scores on the computer typing task while Feminine or Undifferentiated subjects will have the lowest performance scores. No significant differences among the four groups were found F(3,44)=2.14, p > .05 for anxiety change. No significant differences were found for performance scores among the four groups F(3,44)=.773, p > .05. Implications for alternative predictors of anxiety are discussed.
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McGuire, John M.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Donlin-Senne, Mary, "Anxiety, Sex-Role Orientation, and Computer Interaction" (1984). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4670.