Review by Choice Review
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 (CH, Jul'90). In her attempt to update her first book, Women and Women's Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measures (CH, Apr'80), 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. -K. Condic, Oakland University
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