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ERIC Number: EJ1171602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
The Reliability and Validity of the Anima-Animus Continuum Scale
Chow, Peter; Jeffery, Mikayla
Education, v138 n3 p264-270 Spr 2018
The conventional dichotomization of sex and gender into male and female has been found to be far from adequate in representing the amount of variance that exists within each biological sex. Expressions of gender and sexuality have gone beyond our imagination as more and more countries are beginning to allow a nonbinary/intersexed option on their passports and birth certificates. This study views both sex and gender not as having distinct entities but as entities that lie on a continuum from most masculine to most feminine. A 6-item 11-point Anima-Animus Continuum Scale was constructed to measure 245 participants' rating of another individual to whom they were very close. This factor-analyzed unidimensional scale which could account for 86% of the variance in the data boasts an internal consistency reliability of 0.964. The study concludes that both gender and sex, which have long been dichotomized, do vary along a continuum. For now, bringing to the fore the concept of a third biological sex seems the most sensible thing to do through official recognition as well as through education. This is a step in the right direction in the study and understanding of who we are.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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