Gender Differences in Implicit Theories of Wisdom

Gluck, J., Strasser, I. & Bluck, S. (2009). Gender differences in implicit theories of wisdom. Research in Human Development, 6 (Special Issue: Gender and Wisdom), 27-44.

Abstract: Three studies are reported that investigated different aspects of gender differences in implicit theories. In Study 1, participants rated characteristics and possible sources of wisdom concerning their importance for wisdom. Gender differences are small, but suggest a slightly more cognition-oriented view of wisdom in men. Study 2 showed gender differences in participants' reports of an event in which they were wise: men most often reported events from their professional life whereas women reported events from a range of domains including family-related events and events concerning death or illness. Study 3 showed very small differences in the characteristics participants ascribed to a male wise person and a female wise person: aspects of concern for others were rated as slightly more typical for a female wise person. In sum, the findings suggest small or no gender differences in abstract conceptions of wisdom, but larger gender differences when individuals perceive wisdom in real-life contexts.

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(Something interesting I found)Posted:Mar 01 2009, 12:00 AM by brendah
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