PSY309-2013SP-12-GenderRoleDifference

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Unformatted text preview: , softness, and love – Rather than either/or, these two types of gender can be viewed as 2 independent or “orthogonal” dimensions Various “Gender” Measures • Terman’s Attitude Interest Analysis Survey – Masculine/feminine on ONE DIMENSION • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) – Mf Scale (unidimensional) • Femininity validated on 13 HOMOSEXUAL MEN?? • Bem and Spence development “personality” versions – These are really just Agency and Communion (or variations) • • • • Agentic vs. Communal (Bakan, 1966) Competency vs. Warmth-expressiveness (1970’s) Power/Potency vs. Niceness/Nurturance (1980’s) Also, tests are culturally limited (though flexible) • Lippa suggests Gender Diagnosticity measures are best (use ACTUAL differences between men and women across personality, occupational preferences, cognition) Measuring Gender as Self-Schema • • • The Personal Attributes Questionnaire (Spence) The Sex Role Inventory (Bem) 4 Gender Styles – – – – Sex-Typed (50%) Androgynous (25%) Cross-Typed (15%) Undifferentiated (10%) 5 • 4 types; types differ between sexes (Bem, 1990) – Sex-Typed: Feminine women, masculine men – Cross-Typed: Feminine men, masculine women – Undifferentiated: Low on masculinity and femininity – Androgynous: High on both masculinity and femininity • Do the best relationships have matched patterns? • Answer: – Androgyny is usually the healthiest, but some evidence suggests sex-typed “matching” (masculine man and feminine woman) is good, too – Sex-typed men (high masc, low fem) and sex-typed women (high fem, low masc) tend to get along well together in relationships, partly because they both endorse traditional marital roles Helms et al. (2006) • Three Hypotheses: – Complimentarity: Masc men, Fem women do well – Androgyny: Partners with both Masc and Fem do well – Instrumental/Expressive: Masc and Fem independently contribute • Found 4 common types of gender role combinations – – – – Undifferentiated couples (37%) Androgynous couples (25%) Gender-typed wife/extreme gender-typed husband (27%) Gender-typed husband/extreme gender-typed wife (11%) • Gender-typed wife/extreme gender-typed husband (fem wife, very masc man) were more likely than all other couple types to: – (i) be less in love – (ii) spend less time with one another – (iii) have more difficulty understanding one another • Androgynous and gender-typed husband/extreme gender-typed wife were the best outcome couples [WHY?] Is Androgyny Best? • Androgynous individuals, Bem hypothesizes, are more flexible--they can be masc or fem--in accord with situational demands • Bem has established positive corrs of androgyny: – Sex = androgynous have more orgasms, more sexual satisfaction • Though some failed to replicate Bem’s findings (Allgeier, 1978) – Personality = androgynous have higher SE, are mentally healthier (i.e., fewer psychiatric symptoms) • A problem with Bem’s view of androgyny causing positive life outcomes is that Masculinity ALONE basically drives all of her correlates (esp. in women) • Why is Masculinity more linked to positive outcomes? Masculinity and Femininity Cognition Masculinity and Femininity Over Time Masculinity and Femininity &a...
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2013 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 309 taught by Professor Davidp.schmitt during the Spring '13 term at Bradley.

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