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Attitudes towards women in the Arabian Gulf region

Ikhlas A. Abdalla (Ikhlas A. Abdalla is Associate Professor in the Department of Business Administration, University of Qatar, Doha, The State of Qatar)

Women in Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425

Article publication date: 1 February 1996



Investigates the attitudes towards women held by 5,974 Kuwaiti and 7,382 Qatari professional men and women respectively, 53 men and 67 women Qatari college students, 26 Qatari college men student‐father pairs, and 36 Qatari women student‐mother pairs. Explains the predictive utility of sex, nationality, age, education, marital and parental status, and sex‐role self‐concepts (i.e. androgynous, masculine, feminine and undifferentiated self‐concepts) in attitudes towards women of the professional groups. The subjects completed the short version of the Attitude toward Women Scale (AWS), Bem’s Sex Role Inventory and a demographic questionnaire. Analysis indicated that the AWS scores of the various groups were very low, suggesting very traditional attitudes towards women in both Kuwait and Qatar. Compares the findings with those reported in Western and Asian cultures, and discusses the results and implications in the context of the Arabian Gulf environment.



Abdalla, I.A. (1996), "Attitudes towards women in the Arabian Gulf region", Women in Management Review, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 29-39.




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