Gender-Related traits and helping in a nonemergency situation

Nancy Eisenberg, Mark Schaller, Paul Miller, Jim Fultz, Richard Fabes, Rita Shell

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In prior research, mostly on helping in emergeicies, individuals' scores on expressivity (or femininity) generally have been unrelated to helping, whereas instrumentality (or masculinity) scores frequently have been significantly related to assisting. In two studies, we examined the relation of expressivity and instrumentality to willingness to help in a nonemergency situation in which the other's need was unambiguous; moreover, we assessed possible mediators of relations. Expressivity was positively related to amount of helping, and this relation appeared mediated by sympathetic responsivity. Masculinity was not significantly related to helping, although it was marginally, negatively related to assisting in one study. The findings are discussed in relation to those in related research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-618
Number of pages14
JournalSex Roles
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - Nov 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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