Gender Attitude Index

The Gender Attitude Index is an 8-item measure of attitudes toward gender related to division of roles for domestic work within the household.


Warning Flag

ITEMS:

1. Most of the important decisions in the life of the family should be made by the man of the house.
2. It is perfectly alright for women to be very active in clubs, politics, and other outside activities before the children are grown up.
3. There is some work that is men's and some that is women's, and they should not be doing each other's.
4. A wife should not expect her husband to help around the house after he comes home from a hard day's work.
5. A working mother can establish as warm and secure a relationship with her children as a mother who does not work.
6. Women are much happier if they stay at home and take care of their children.
7. It is much better for everyone if the man earns the main living and the woman takes care of the home and family.
8. It is more important for a wife to help her husband's career than to have one herself.

Response Options:
5-point Likert scale
Strongly Agree - 1
Strongly agree - 5

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults
Children

Scoring Procedures:

The items are averaged into an index, with a high score of 5 indicating support for egalitarianism, and a low score of 1 denoting support for a more rigid division of roles.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Cunningham, M., Beutel, A. M., Barber, J. S., & Thornton, A. (2005). Reciprocal relationships between attitudes about gender and social contexts during young adulthood. Social Science Research, 34(4), 862-892. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2005.03.001

Psychometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

LOW
Total Score: 1.50/8 Points (LOW) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

Measure came from a peer-reviewed journal with a low impact score and/or inadequate information on psychometrics, but is an under-represented gender equality and empowerment construct

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