ERIC Number: ED208269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Androgyny and Psychological Well-Being: Some Ideological Dilemmas.
A conceptual model is presented to examine the hypothesis that androgyny is advantageous to the psychological well-being of both females and males in American society. A format for the multi-dimensional assessment of both sex-role components and indices of well-being is proposed, and possibilities for exploring the interface between these sets of measures are suggested. The model conceptualizes sex roles with four major sources of variation, i.e., gender, tasks assigned by gender and age, skills involved in completing tasks, and evaluation of the job assignment, as well as the assessment of psychological well-being in terms of self-esteem, personal distress, interpersonal and task competence, and social and situational support. Ideological dilemmas for the androgyny researcher are considered in terms of how: (1) current research fails to support the positive well-being outcome for androgynous persons across age groups and in situational contexts; (2) the well-being hypothesis may be differentially valid within varying developmental periods and particularly questionable for children; and (3) situational outcomes tend to be negative for persons who adopt nontraditional responding modes. Approaches for resolving these dilemmas are also suggested. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Well Being
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).