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Arthur Frankel, Ph.D.

Arthur Frankel, Ph.D.

Professor | Psychology

Dr. Frankel has been a member of the Department of Psychology since 1978. He currently teach courses focusing on social psychology, the psychology of prejudice, psychology and the law, and critical thinking and decision making. His more recent research, which has been published in the journal Sex Roles and presented at national and regional conferences, has focused on how gender role expectations are likely to inhibit women’s attempts to safeguard their sexual health and contribute to misunderstandings between men and women. He has also collaborated with many undergraduates over the last several years on problems that are of mutual interest resulting in research studies that have been presented at regional and national psychology conferences.

Featured Spring/Fall 2017

What's in a Purse? Maybe a Woman's Reputation

Arthur Frankel and Debra Curtis

Abstract:   Does a woman’s reputation suffer when others discover condoms in her possession? Fifty-two male and female predominantly white undergraduates from a small, private, Catholic university in the northeast USA examined the contents of a purse to formulate an impression of its owner. Unflattering inferences were drawn about the character of the target when her purse contained condoms. A follow-up study with 55 comparable participants confirmed that these inferences were indeed uncomplimentary. The results are discussed in terms of the multi-dimensional price women pay when assuming responsibility for their sexual health.

APA Citation

Frankel, Arthur and Debra A. Curtis. “What’s in a Purse? Maybe a Woman’s Reputation.” Sex Roles, vol. 59, no. 9-10, Nov. 2008, pp. 615-622.


McKillop Library EBSCOhost Database:   DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9463-x