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The influence of androgynous identification on heterosexual relations

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The responses of androgynous and sex-typed students to a questionnaire were compared to explore the impact of sex typing on attitudes and behavior relevant to dating, marital and parental roles, and sexual intercourse. Extent of sex typing was associated with students' attitudes toward sharing dating expenses, sexual intercourse, full-time employment for wives, and wives taking primary responsibility for childrearing. Sex typing was also associated with students' behavior regarding the number of female-initiated dates, proportion of male and female initiation of sexual intercourse, and the frequency of sexual intercourse for males. Gender was more consistently related to the variables under investigation than was sex typing, however, and results are discussed with respect to possible limitations of the influence of androgyny on heterosexual relations.

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Correspondence to Elizabeth Rice Allgeier.

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This research was part of a doctoral dissertation submitted to Purdue University. The author gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Art Fogel in data analyses, and Rick Allgeier, Donn Byrne, Don Lehr, and Winnie Shepard for their helpful suggestions regarding an earlier draft of this article.

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Allgeier, E.R. The influence of androgynous identification on heterosexual relations. Sex Roles 7, 321–330 (1981). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00287546

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