Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Dora E. Saavedra

Second Advisor

Dr. William F. Strong

Third Advisor

Dr. Ana Maria Rodriguez


Research has focused on gender roles of the Hispanic male and female in regards to the machismo social construct. The current study examines the other side of machismo, via Gil and Vasquez's (1996) Ten Commandments of Marianismo, and explores the validity of this social construct through interviews with Mexican American and Mexican women. Twenty Mexican American and Mexican women were selected through a nonrandom purposive sample to participate in the interviews. The taped interviews were analyzed verbatim. Eight categories emerged which are directly related to marianismo. The women's responses are used to convey their attitudes, roles, and relationships and to identify any similarities between the Mexican American and Mexican women concerning the marianismo construct.


Copyright 1998 Lori Anne Ruiz. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American