Sex, social class, and estimating IQ: middle-class male subjects rate themselves most intelligent

Adrian Furnham, Diane Dixon, Tracy Harrison, Susan Rasmussen, Rory O'Connor

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153 sociology students specified parental occupation and job status before estimating their own and their parents' overall IQ. Male subjects, as predicted, gave a higher mean self-estimated score to themselves than did female subjects (113 vs 106). Fathers were awarded higher IQ scores than mothers (114 vs 107). Male subjects who had mothers in a higher social class gave themselves the highest mean score.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-758
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological Reports
Issue number3 Suppl 1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000


  • IQ scores
  • gender
  • social class

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