ISRO: A scale to measure sex-role orientation


Journal Article

Sex-role research has been hampered by a lack of valid and reliable research tools to measure the construct being studied. This article describes the development of a research scale (ISRO) to measure women's sex-role orientation. This 16-item questionnaire has been shown to be internally consistent and to have fairly high temporal stability over 30 days. The high sensitivity (96.2%) and specificity (95.5%) suggest that it differentiates feminist from traditional women. Three factors assess attitudinal domains of conflict between family responsibilities and having a career; male/female division of household responsibilities; and women's work roles outside the home. Education appears to be the strongest predictor of ISRO scores. © 1981 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dreyer, NA; Woods, NF; James, SA

Published Date

  • February 1, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 173 - 182

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2762

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0360-0025

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF00287803

Citation Source

  • Scopus