Basra Keynan

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Rusty McIntyre, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Natalie Dove, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D.


This study examined participants' stereotypic views of fathers. The analysis used the Stereotype Content Model as a focus. Participants (Ps) first rated men in general and then different types of fathers (3 types) on 62 traits (e.g., open, caring) on a 6-point scales (0 = not all like to 6 = most like). The father types measured included: married father, divorced non-resident, divorced resident, stepfather, never married, adoptive, and gay fathers. These ratings were compared to what participants believe is typical of men and will assess the extent that each type of father is in the domains of warmth and competence. Based on the stereotype content model, it was hypothesized that more typical fathers (married fathers) will be rated higher across both warmth and competence in comparison to the other typical of fathers. Results concur with the hypothesis, that the married fathers are rate highest across both warmth and competence. While divorced non-resident fathers were rated lowest across both warmth and competence. This point to a alignment with cultural perception of the nuclear family stereotype.

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