Student Research Projects

Gender Differences and Attitudes towards the Military

Student Anderson Brown, ‘13
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Psychology
Course PSYCH 480: Original Research Project in Psychology


The purpose of this study is to examine differences in the perceptions of the military and attitudes towards it between men and women. A scale measuring and scoring participants’ attitudes toward the military was used to test the hypothesis that women are more likely to view the military less favorably than men. Participants were also tested to see if there was a correlation between their self-reported levels of altruism and their attitudes toward the military. The study found that while a small difference exists between men’s and women’s favorability of the military, it is not significant. A significant difference was found in the favorability of the military between Republicans’ and people with other political affiliations. This finding could have use for political campaigns.