REDUCTION OF SEX DIFFERENCES IN PROBLEM SOLVING BY IMPROVEMENT OF ATTITUDE THROUGH GROUP DISCUSSION.
STANFORD UNIV CALIF DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The reported investigation started with the idea that some of the sex differences in problem solving could be accounted for by differences in non-intellectual factors. The question that needed to be asked is How well do women like to solve problems. If problem solving is an activity preferred by men and disliked by women, there exists a good possibility that sex differences in performance are actually a reflection of sex differences in attitude. As a test of this hypothesis, an attempt was made to answer some specific questions Can a scale be constructed which will measure attitude toward problem solving Is there a sex difference on such a scale Is problem-solving attitude related to problem-solving performance Will an attempt to change attitude be followed by a change in performance Will women respond more favorably than men to an attempt to improve their attitudes.