ERIC Number: ED210597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-26
Reference Count: 0
Friendships: From Cultural Guidelines to Mutually Agreed Upon Norms.
Walker, Alexis J.
Theorists have predicted that individuals in a relationship initially follow social norms and later follow the mutually-agreed-upon norms which have evolved from the relationship. Since social norms prescribe sex-stereotyped behavior, an androgynous person may initially behave in a sex-typed way. Same-sex pairs (N=26) of undergraduates, matched on similar or dissimilar Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) scores, rated themselves once and their partners at two different times on the BSRI. "Liking for other" and "perception of other's liking" scales were also completed twice. Results indicated that subjects did not change in their perceptions of partners toward congruence with the partner's perception of self in terms of liking, perceived liking, and similarity on the BSRI. The finding that subjects' perceptions of partners on the BSRI did not change over time may be attributed to the idea that the partners did not actually develop a relationship during the course of the study. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).