ERIC Number: ED359451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Sextyping and Gender Schematicity: A Tenuous Relationship.
Freedman, Susan A.
Gender schematicity may be distinct from the quality of being sextyped or of endorsing societal values. Gender schematicity refers to the contents of a map or blueprint of what societal expectations regarding sex roles include. Bem explains that individuals who are gender schematic will spontaneously evaluate information using gender as a category. This study was conducted to examine the relationship between the gender schema and individual sextypes, measuring the relationship with a differential response latency measure of gender schematicity. Eighty female college students completed the Sex Role Behavior Inventory Short Form. Subjects who scored masculine or at the higher levels of androgynous, feminine, or undifferentiated were selected to participate in a reaction time experiment using the computer. Response time latency was used to measure the gender schema. The results of analyses revealed no expected relationship between sextyping and gender schematicity, suggesting that gender schematicity and sextyping are separate and distinct characteristics. Highly sextyped women did not appear to be highly gender schematic, nor did those reporting less sextyping appear to be less gender schematic. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).