Term of Award

Winter 1977

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Georgelle Thomas

Committee Member 1

Richard L. Rogers

Committee Member 2

Shirley W. Osgood

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between personal space and sex-roles. Twenty-five feminine females, twenty-five androgynous females, twenty-five androgynous males, and twenty-five masculine males viewed a film of male and female approaching stimulus persons in distress and non-distress conditions. Subjects marked the Comfortable Interpersonal Distance Scale at the point where they would prefer the stimulus person to halt. The data, distance measured in millimeters, was examined by analysis of variance. Distressed stimulus persons were not allowed to approach as closely as non-distressed stimulus persons. Males allowed the distressed female to approach closer than the distressed male. Sex-typed subjects did not allow the distressed male to approach as closely as the non-distressed male, while androgynous subjects did not make this distinction.

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