Title

Gender Differences in wayfinding Strategies and Anxiety About Wayfinding: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2002

Publication Source

Sex Roles

Volume

47

Issue

9/10

Inclusive pages

389-401

Abstract

Two studies examined gender and cultural differences in wayfinding strategies and anxiety about wayfinding. Men in both Hungary and the United States reported greater preference for a strategy of orienting to global reference points, whereas women reported greater preference for a strategy based on route information. A higher level of wayfinding anxiety was reported by Americans, and women in both countries reported greater wayfinding anxiety than did men. Women in the United States, but not inHungary, reported less childhood wayfinding experience than did men; women in both countries reported feeling less safe than did men. Feeling of personal safety and wayfinding strategy preferences mediated thegender difference in wayfinding anxiety.

Keywords

gender; wayfinding; spatial cognition

Disciplines

Psychology

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