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Power to Help

Title: The Power to Help: The Effects of Gender and Social Power on Compliant Helping Behavior.
Name(s): Doerr, Celeste E., author
Plant, E. Ashby, professor directing thesis
Carbonell, Joyce L., committee member
Baumeister, Roy F., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Gender differences were examined in compliant helping, which is responding to a request for aid. To assess the effect of social power, participants were assigned to a high-power, low-power, or power-neutral control condition. Two predictions were made, based on social role theory and results of a pilot study. First, in the control condition, women were expected to help more than men. Second, no gender differences were expected in the two conditions in which power was manipulated. Results supported the second hypothesis, but not the first. Men in the control condition helped more than women. There was no gender difference among participants in the high-power and low-power conditions. Results are discussed in terms of their relevance to social role theory.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0721 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: March 27, 2007.
Keywords: Human Sex Differences, Helping Behavior, Prosocial Behavior
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: E. Ashby Plant, Professor Directing Thesis; Joyce L. Carbonell, Committee Member; Roy F. Baumeister, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Doerr, C. E. (2007). The Power to Help: The Effects of Gender and Social Power on Compliant Helping Behavior. Retrieved from