Responses to the Challenger tragedy

Subtle and significant gender differences

Mary Brabeck, Karen Weisgerber

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Abstract

Within two weeks of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, 188 subjects rated and ranked questionnaire items, and completed open-ended questions reporting their responses to and concerns arising from the accident. Analysis of open-ended responses showed females focused more on communal, person-centered aspects of the tragedy than did males. Analysis of ratings showed females viewed person-oriented issues as more important than did males. However, males and females did not differ in rankings assigned the items nor in ratings of the importance of the technological issues. Claims about sex differences in moral orientation are discussed in light of the results of this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-650
Number of pages12
JournalSex Roles
Volume19
Issue number9-10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1988

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Responses to the Challenger tragedy : Subtle and significant gender differences. / Brabeck, Mary; Weisgerber, Karen.

In: Sex Roles, Vol. 19, No. 9-10, 11.1988, p. 639-650.

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Brabeck, Mary ; Weisgerber, Karen. / Responses to the Challenger tragedy : Subtle and significant gender differences. In: Sex Roles. 1988 ; Vol. 19, No. 9-10. pp. 639-650.
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