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Status Inconsistency and Satisfaction with Sorority Membership

Michael Gordon and Stephen R. Wilson
Social Forces
Vol. 48, No. 2 (Dec., 1969), pp. 176-183
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2575258
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2575258
Page Count: 8
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Status Inconsistency and Satisfaction with Sorority Membership
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Abstract

Based on a modification of earlier work in status inconsistency, three hypotheses concerning sorority dissatisfaction were tested: (1) Dissatisfaction will be higher among members of low-status sororities than members of high-status sororities. (2) For high family status girls there will be a higher proportion of those in low-status sororities than high-status sororities who are dissatisfied. For low family status girls, sorority status will not be as strongly related to satisfaction. (3) The differences predicted in Hypotheses 1 and 2 will be greater when comparisons are based upon subjective sorority status rankings as opposed to objective status rankings. The data analyzed tended to confirm the three hypotheses.

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