ERIC Number: ED301803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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The Sex Typing of Activities.
Stevenson, Michael R.; And Others
It has been suggested that gender roles are multidimensional. However, past research has focused primarily on masculinity and femininity. This study investigated the relations among sex typing, sex, and interest in leisure activities among college students. College students (N=273) rated the extent of their interest in activities on a 5-point Likert-type scale. Participants also completed the Bem Sex Role Inventory and the Gough Femininity Scale. Significant differences were found for 18 activities. Significant predictors were found for 67 activities. For activities where differences were found, androgynous individuals consistently had the highest means. Results suggest that gender is a better predictor of interest than are gender roles. These data suggest that leisure activities do not fall neatly into instrumental or expressive categories. Most of the interests were more closely related to androgyny. Because interest in activities was more closely related to gender than to gender role, an individual's interests may have more to do with social role prescriptions for men and women than with masculinity and femininty. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (60th, Chicago, IL, April 28-30, 1988).