London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Correlates of gender identity in adolescence

Author(s) Secui, M., Danciu, M. & Filimon, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
Belonging to a gender category has important social and psychological implications that influence the process of social perception. This paper focuses on the relation between gender identity, ambivalent sexism, and gender stereotypes in adolescence. A sample of male adolescents were assessed for gender stereotype content, gender identity, and the level of ambivalent sexist beliefs. The results clearly emphasize the correlation between participants’ self-defining in terms of masculine and feminine traits, the content of their gender stereotypes, and the hostile and benevolent beliefs toward women. The implications for how contemporary sexist beliefs contribute to the justification of the asymmetrical relation of power and status between sexes is discussed.

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