ERIC Number: ED208304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-29
Reference Count: 0
Gender Specific Sex Role Development.
Research has indicated that gender constancy and categorization are achieved in childhood and that autonomous sex-role integration occurs during adulthood, well after a secure sense of gender identity is established. To examine developmental sex-role identification, college students rated themselves on a "current" Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) and then completed an "early" BSRI while remembering their earliest career goal. A statistically significant difference occurred between "early" and "current" scores. Inventory score means for males shifted from androgynous on the "early" BSRI to masculine on the "current" BSRI. For females, scores indicated a shift from a feminine to a more androgynous sex role. The findings suggest that females may begin life more stereotypically female and develop androgynously, while males tend to become more masculine in their sex role functioning over time. Females may also use stereotypes more prominently to reconstruct their past. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (51st, Denver, CO, April 29-May 2, 1981). Best copy available.