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Sex differences in beliefs and attribution for male and female drivers


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Žitko, Neda. (2007). Sex differences in beliefs and attribution for male and female drivers. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Kamenov, Željka].

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The aim of this study is to examine the existence of sex differences in social perception, i.e. beliefs about male and female driving skills, whether they are perceptual motor skills or safety concerns, and to examine sexual differences in the attribution of male and female success and failure in driving. Participants were 443 students who took extra classes on university of the average age of 33 took part in this research. On the contrary to our expectations, the driver skill inventory (SVV) showed women to be better drivers. There was an evident difference between the sexes: women participants consider women to be the better drivers, and men participants consider men to be better drivers. Men are perceived to be better in perceptual motor skills, while women are perceived to be better in safety concerns. Attribution on Weiner three dimensions (locus of causality, stability and controllability) and causes (ability, effort, luck and the task) did show neither ultimate attribution error nor assumptions of studies of attribution of success and failure. All effects are small and significant only for some of the dimensions and therefore cannot be interpreted. Further studies that might provide a more appropriate explanation for attribution of success and failure in driving are necessary.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: stereotypes, attribution, ultimate attribution error, sex differences, driver perception
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Kamenov, Željka
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:06

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