Title

The Relationship Between Feminine Gender Norm Conformity and Purpose and Meaning in Life Among Female College Students.

Date of Award

7-2010

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Jennifer Cornish

First Committee Member

Lavita Nadkarni

Second Committee Member

Jeremy T. Sharp

Keywords

Gender identity--Psychological aspects ; Self-esteem in women; Conformity

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between conformity to traditional feminine gender norms and meaning and purpose in life among female college students. Based on previous research findings that show a negative correlation between specific traditional feminine gender norm conformity factors and psychological well-being, we posited that participants with higher levels of traditional gender norm conformity will experience a lower sense of meaning and purpose in life. Self-report data was obtained from 338 female undergraduate college students using the Conformity to Feminine Norms Inventory (CFNI) and the Purpose in Life Test (PIL). A standard multiple regression assessed the accuracy of eight feminine norms in predicting purpose and meaning in life. Results partially supported the hypothesis, with Modesty as the most significant contributor to meaning and purpose. Inconsistent with our hypothesis, participants who endorsed high scores on Nice in Relationships, Involvement with Children, Sexual Fidelity, and Domestic, scored higher on the PIL.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

28 pages

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