Sex and Gender Issues
A Handbook of Tests and Measures
by Carole A. Beere
November 1990, 448pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-27462-6
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Beere has written another useful reference book. This latest is actually a continuation of Gender Roles: A Handbook of Tests and Measures (Greenwood Press, 1990). . . . [This book] identifies 197 tests on many different topics including sexuality, pregnancy and childbirth, contraception and abortion, and eating disorders. . . . Students and faculty will find Sex and Gender Issues worthwhile and easy to use. Highly recommended for four-year college and university libraries. Choice

This handbook is a companion volume to Beere’s Gender Roles: A Handbook of Tests and Measures, which describes 211 measures pertaining to gender roles and attitudes toward gender-related issues. Sex and Gender Issues extends the Gender Roles’ coverage, describing 197 scales usable in research and applied settings. The measures relate to the following topics: heterosocial relations, sexuality, contraception and abortion, pregnancy and childbirth, somatic issues, homosexuality, rape and sexual coercion, family violence, body image and appearance, eating disorders, and other scales.

In preparing these handbooks, Beere thoroughly searched the literature in psychology, sociology, education, and related disciplines and identified 1,450 measures. For this handbook, she selected 197 measures that are relevant, have evidence of reliability or validity, and were used in more than one published article or ERIC document. If a scale did not satisfy these criteria, but its development is the focus of an article or ERIC document, it is included. Unusual scales and those pertaining to a topic that would otherwise receive inadequate coverage are included as well. The scale descriptions follow a standard format that includes information such as title, author or authors listed in the earliest publication mentioning the scale, earliest date that the scale was mentioned in a publication, variable measured, type of instrument, description, sample items, previous subjects and appropriate subjects, information regarding reliability and validity, and a listing of published studies that used the measure. Sex and Gender Issues is the most up-to-date compendium of these tests and measures and will be welcomed by social science researchers, students, and teachers. It is a necessary addition to university libraries, research centers, and to the private collection of researchers in relevant areas.

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Beere (psychology, Central Michigan University) has written another useful reference book. This latest is actually a continuation of Gender Roles: A Handbook of Tests and Measures. In her attempt to update her first book, Women and Women's Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measures, she identified too many measures for one volume. So she split the tests into two categories: gender issues and gender roles. Those dealing with issues are included in this current volume; 211 tests related to roles are identified in the previous volume, Gender Roles. The book under review identifies 197 tests on many different topics including sexuality, pregnancy and childbirth, contraception and abortion, and eating disorders. Many of the test entries contain the following information: title, author, variable measured, instrument type, description, sample items, administration, reliability, validity, and test availability. The tone of the entries is descriptive in nature rather than critical or evaluative. Beere has been extremely thorough in gathering information and has taken great care with accuracy. She has even attempted to view each instrument before including it in this book. Students and faculty will find Sex and Gender Issues worthwhile and easy to use. Highly recommended for four-year college and university libraries.—Choice, 00/00/00

Such books are a godsend for active researchers and for students looking for information on hard-to-find tests. Here, one is delighted to discover information on almost 200 different instruments, most but not all of paper-and-pencil type, relating to sex and gender issues. The format for each test includes the title and author(s), date, variable(s) measured, type of instrument (68% are summated rating scales), sample items, type of subjects in previous use, subjects for which the instrument is appropriate, administration, scoring, scale development, reliability and validity issues, other relevant information (notes and comments), availability, a listing of studies which have used the instrument, and a bibliography. Each of the 197 instruments are grouped in one of these relevant categories: heterosexual relations, sexuality, rape and sexual coercion, family violence, body image and appearance, eating disorders, and other. There are indexes of scale titles, scale authors, and scale users. This is a volume no college or university with strong collections in psychology and especially in sex and gender issues can afford to be without. Graduate faculties and students will bless the author and publisher for this thorough and eminently useful work.—Journal of Psychology and Theology, 00/00/00
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