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sex role

specifically, the pattern of behavior and thought related to sex organs and procreation; but more generally, behavior and thought that are stereotypically classified as belonging to either one sex or the other. See: gender role.

sex role

the expectations held by society regarding what behavior is appropriate or inappropriate for each sex.
A traditional or stereotypical pattern of behaviour thought to be related to the sex organs and procreation, which is regarded as typical of, or especially suited to, either one sex or the other

sex role

Sexology A traditional or stereotypical pattern of behavior and thought related to the sex organs and procreation, which is regarded as typical of, or especially suited to, either one sex or the other. See Gender-identity/role.

sex role

(seks rōl)
The degree to which an individual acts out a stereotypical masculine or feminine role in everyday behavior.
Compare: gender role
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Sex Differences in Social Behaviour: A sex Role Interpretation.
Reexamination of the Bem Sex Role Inventory: The interpersonal bsri.
Changes in the sex role attitudes of women, 1962-1977: Evidence from a panel study.
According to the two-dimensional model of sex roles (Bem, 1974), individuals can be classified into one of four categories on the basis of their masculinity and femininity scores: masculine, feminine, androgynous, and undifferentiated.
Both the 15 and 25-item short versions of AWS have been used widely in recent years and have been found to be associated with many variables including attitudes toward female victims (Kristiansen & Guilietti, 1990; Whatley & Riggio, 1992), attitudes toward rape (Lee, Kim, & Lira, 2010), attitudes toward sex roles in cases of wife assault (Hillier &Foddy, 1993), abortion (Patel, 2009), the differences in male and female criminal activity (Rudolph, 1996), acculturation (Bhanot & Senn, 2007; Kranau, Green & Valencia-Weber, 1982), and psychological well-being (Pyant & Yanico, 1991).
Mazzella, Carmela, Kevin Durkin, Emma Cerini, and Paul Buralli (1992), "Sex Role Stereotyping in Australian Television Advertisements," Sex Roles 26(7/8): 243-259.
Women usually acquire a great deal of sex role learning or gender role identity, early in their lives leading to an attitude that creates difficulties later in working lives (Lipsey, Steiner, Purvis and Courant, 1990).
This measure is a 24-item, 6-point (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree, 6 = not applicable) Likert-type self-report inventory used to assess the degree to which South Asian women living in the United States experience cultural values conflict in two areas: intimate relations and sex role expectations.
Construct validation of the Bem Sex Role Inventory in Taiwan.
1989), "The Relationship between Sex Role Stereotypes and Requisite Management Characteristics Revisited," Academy of Management Journal 32: 662-669.
Measurement of masculine and feminine sex roles identities as independent dimensions.