Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The purpose of this study was to determine whether females who are over or under the age of 35 years old would prefer to interact with professionals of the same gender throughout the interrogative, medical, and legal situations that they would be presented with after being victimized. A written victimization situation was prepared for each of the participants to react to for this study. No specific reference was made to the gender of the assailant or specific sexual violence that had occurred to the victim in the hypothetical crime situation that was presented to each participant in the two age groups surveyed. It has been theorized that, because of the development of personal schema, in conjunction with maturation combined with personal perceptions which are influenced by the media, it could be demonstrated that females over age 35 years of age would have a stronger preference to interact with same gender professionals. The statistical results suggest that when having to make a choice in the gender of professionals with which the female victim would need to interact after being victimized, only in the case of the Police Officer was there a significant difference in gender preference between the two age groups.
BF1 .M63 v. 6 no. 2 1998
"Professional females: are there enough available? Gender bias of female victims,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 6
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol6/iss2/4