The effects of sex-role attitudes and group composition on men and women in groups

Valerie P. Hans, Nancy Eisenberg

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The dual impact of group gender composition and sex-role attitudes on self-perceptions and social behavior was explored. Androgynous and stereotyped men and women were placed in groups of skewed sex composition. Subjects' self-descriptions of masculine attributes shifted significantly in the group environment. In some instances, sex role-stereotyped subjects responded most stereotypically when their gender was in the minority in the group. Differences between men and women and between androgynous and stereotyped subjects in sex role-related preferences for group roles and discussion topics were also found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-490
Number of pages14
JournalSex Roles
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Mar 1 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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