Stoicism: its relation to gender, attitudes toward poverty, and reactions to emotive material

J Soc Psychol. 1995 Apr;135(2):181-4. doi: 10.1080/00224545.1995.9711421.


A scale was developed to test the hypotheses that stoicism would be more prevalent in British men (n = 30) than in British women (n = 32) and that stoicism would be related to negative attitudes toward the poor. It was also hypothesized that stoics would exhibit a weaker emotional reaction to stories that had emotive content. All three hypotheses were supported. There was evidence that the Stoicism Scale had internal consistency and some external validity.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude*
  • Emotions*
  • England
  • Female
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
  • Philosophy*
  • Poverty / psychology*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results