Beliefs About Women Scale (BAWS)

Author of Tool: 

Snell, W. E., Jr. & Godwin, L.

Key references: 

Snell, W. E., Jr. & Godwin, L. (1993).  Social reactions to depictions of casual and steady acquaintance rape:  The impact of AIDS exposure and stereotypic beliefs about women.  Sex Roles, 29, 599-616.
 
Snell, W. E., Jr., Holtzman, W., Jr., Belk, S. S., Garcia, R., & Hernandez, J. E. (1990).  The influence of counseling orientation and culture on mental health standards for women and men.  International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 14, 73-88.
 
Belk, S. S., & Snell, W. E., Jr. (1989).  Stereotypic beliefs about women as moderators of stress-distress relationships.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45, 665-672.
 
Belk, S. S., Snell, W. E., Jr., Holtzman, W. H., Jr., Garcia-Falconi, R., & Hernandez-Sanchez, J. E. (1989).  The impact of ethnicity, nationality, therapy orientation, and mental health standards on stereotypic beliefs about women:  A pilot study. Sex Roles, 21, 671-695.
 
Belk, S. S., & Snell, W. E., Jr. (1986).  Beliefs about women: Components and correlates.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 12, 403-412.
 
Belk, S. S., & Snell, W. E., Jr. (1986).  The Beliefs About Women Scale (BAWS):  Scale development and validation. Social and Behavioral Sciences Documents, 16, 10. 
 
Hampton, B., Lambert, F., & Snell, W. E., Jr. (1986).  Therapists' conceptions of mentally healthy beliefs for women and men.  Journal of Rational - Emotive Therapy, 4, 107-124.

Primary use / Purpose: 

An assessment of attitudes and beliefs towards women.

Background: 

In the last couple of decades, researchers have become increasingly interested in examining the many facets of gender stereotypes. One particular area on which attention has been focused concerns "stereotypic" beliefs about women. The 16-item self-report Beliefs About Women Scale BAWS is used in the investigation of women's and men's personal functioning, cognitive activity, and interpersonal relationships.

Psychometrics: 

For psychometrics, see article: Snell, W. E., Jr. & Godwin, L. (1993).  Social reactions to depictions of casual and steady acquaintance rape:  The impact of AIDS exposure and stereotypic beliefs about women.  Sex Roles, 29, 599-616.

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