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Understanding men's attitudes toward women in the Swedish armed forces
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Leadership and Management (ILM).
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Leadership and Management (ILM).
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Leadership and Management (ILM).
2005 (English)In: Military Psychology, ISSN 0899-5605, Vol. 17, no 4, 269-282 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We examined attitudes toward women in the military in a random representative sample of 1,320 male officers from the Swedish Armed Forces. We expected age, education, rank, years of military service, sexist beliefs, and interpersonal contact to correlate with men's attitudes toward women in the military. Correlational analyses indicated that individuals expressing more positive attitudes toward women in the military tended to be younger, more educated, and higher in rank, were less likely to endorse sexist ideologies, and had greater interpersonal contact with women in the military. Regression analyses showed that education, rank, sexism, and contact emerged as the best predictors of these attitudes. Further examination of the effects of contact on these attitudes indicated that the quality of the contact experience was uniquely important in understanding men's attitudes toward women in the military. We discuss the implications of these findings for promoting greater acceptance of women in the military.

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2005. Vol. 17, no 4, 269-282 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-3909DOI: 10.1207/s15327876mp1704_2ISI: 000234688400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-3909DiVA: diva2:628503
Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2013-06-14Bibliographically approved

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