Family and religious ideologies may influence gender role attitudes in the United States, where gender inequality persists. Research suggests that family and religious ideologies shape beliefs of how men and women should behave—where gender egalitarianism is lowest amongst those with strong family orientations and/or strong patriarchal religious ideologies. This article investigated if and how family and religious ideologies are related to gender role attitudes by using cross-sectional data from the Longitudinal Study of Generations (n=1,615; mean age=50; 61% female; 32% racial minorities). Results indicate a direct relationship between gender role ideology and the following: religious ideology and familism. Because gender equality is important, future studies should investigate the causal mechanisms by which religious ideologies and familistic beliefs influence social stratification through gender role attitudes.
On the Relationship between Gender Roles Attitudes, Religious Ideology and Familism in a Sample of Adults in the United States.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 17(4), 229-244.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol17/iss4/16