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Sex role stereotyping in women with agoraphobia and their husbands

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Thirty-two married women with Diagnostic Statistical Manual (3rd edition, revised) diagnosis of agoraphobia and their husbands were compared with 32 matched control women and their husbands on self-report measures of sex role stereotyping, psychological symptoms, personality, and marital adjustment. The experimental women scored significantly lower than the control women on the sex role measure of Autonomy and significantly higher on Intropunitiveness. Significant inverse correlations occurred between women's self-ratings of Masculinity and Autonomy and their agoraphobic symptoms. In the experimental couples, but not the control couples, significant and substantial disagreements occurred on ratings of each other's Masculinity and Autonomy, and husbands' marital satisfaction correlated strongly with wives' self-rating of Femininity. The findings justify further study of sex role stereotyping in agoraphobia, especially where the syndrome coexists with marital dissatisfaction and/or personality disorder.

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Hafner, R.J., Minge, P.J. Sex role stereotyping in women with agoraphobia and their husbands. Sex Roles 20, 705–711 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00288081

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  • Personality Disorder
  • Married Woman
  • Psychological Symptom
  • Marital Satisfaction
  • Significant Inverse Correlation