This thesis investigates how the family and the media function in the socialization process. More specifically, how these agents of socialization interact to affect how a female forms her gender-role values. The sample consisted of both college and non-college females to determine how education would influence one's acceptance or rejection of the gender-role values that are transmitted by both the family and the media. 18 women were interviewed (10 college, 8 non-college). The questions of this study were designed to establish the extent to which the family and the media had influenced a female's gender-role values. These questions focused specifically on how gender-roles were defined in one's family, family relationships, interaction with media, and one's opinions on the media. Results revealed that there were a number of inconsistencies in the data. While there were a number of additional findings, this study was inconclusive. If the significance of this relationship is to be established, future research must employ a more effective research instrument, such as a longitudinal study which observes females from childhood to young adulthood .


Horowitz, Sheryl


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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