Putting the Gender in "Gender Parity": Breaking New Methodological Ground in the Debate over Gender Equality in Forensics

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Summer 2014


This piece furthers the longstanding tradition of research concerning gender parity in forensics yet departs methodologically by using self-assessed sex roles rather than post-hoc name coding to operationalize the variable o f gender. Supported by theoretical advancements in the study o f gender, the authors propose the use o f the Bern Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) as a more appropriate measurement for the performance o f gender in competitive forensics. The results o f a pilot study using the BSRI as a measure are revealed and implications are discussed concerning the application o f this methodology for future study.


Communication Studies

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The Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta

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