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


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.

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Hans, V.P., Eisenberg, N. The effects of sex-role attitudes and group composition on men and women in groups. Sex Roles 12, 477–490 (1985).

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  • Social Psychology
  • Social Behavior
  • Group Composition
  • Group Gender
  • Group Environment