ERIC Number: ED160920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
The Broverman Study Revisited: Implications of Androgyny.
Downing, Nancy E.
The effects of three major variables--the perceived sex of the evaluatee, the sex of rater, and the sex-role identity of rater--were investigated with respect to conceptions of psychological health. The Bem Sex Role Inventory and the Sex Role Stereotype Questionnaire were administered to 222 undergraduate students. Using the difference in the mean descriptions of the healthy adult male and female as the dependent measure, an analysis of variance procedure indicated that there was a significant interaction between the sex of rater and sex role identity variables, with the androgynous male group reporting the least discrepancy between the two descriptions. Further analysis of the data revealed that while the sex by sex role groups varied in the relative amount of difference between these two descriptions, in absolute terms all groups described the healthy adult male as significantly different from the healthy adult female. Implications of this research were discussed in relation to the existence of a perceptual double standard in conceptions of psychological health, in relation to the effects that information levels have on producing such a double standard, and in relation to the consequences of a perceptual double standard for sex-role stereotyping in psychotherapy. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southeastern Psychological Association (24th, Atlanta, Georgia, March 15-18, 1978)