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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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1) To ascertain whether sex role egalitarianism of the husband and the wife effects the relative influence of the husband and the wife in the decision-making process for purchases.
For instance in a research cited in Archer (1978) it was found that men in a New Guinea tribe where led by women, looked after children and where more responsive to children than women and women being the more dominant partner, a situation which is a reverse of sex roles found in western societies (Archer 1978).
As a sociologist, I never saw sex roles as biological, but as socially constructed roles--like other "ascribed" and "achieved" statuses and roles in society which were conceptualized differently by different cultures and by diverse sociological schools of thought at the time.
Consequently, sex role typing and its accompanying stereotypes/beliefs constitute different expectations about appropriate behaviors for the two sexes, and thus we believe is an important factor to consider when investigating traditional and nontraditional career choices.
The notions of feminine and masculine orientations as personality constructs are developed, for example, by Bem (1981) in the refinement of the Bem Sex Role Inventory.
Male sex role conflicts, sexism, and masculinity: Psychological implications for men, women, and the counseling psychologist.
These authors examined the relationship between one's identification with the role of athlete and gender role orientation by asking participants Io complete the Athletic Identification Measurement Scale (Brewer, Van Raalte, & Linder, 1993) and the Bem Sex Role Inventory (Bern, 1974).
In a subsequent study, Powell and Butterfield (1981) hypothesized that individuals' sex-role identities rather than sex would predict their managerial aspirations; Comer and Jolson (1985) investigated whether a student's gender or self-perceived sex role was a significant predictor of the student's career choice; and Quackenbush (1987) investigated whether masculinity and femininity are actually social competencies that contribute to an individual's personal and social effectiveness.
Two Tests of Gender Differences and Their Relationship to Sex Roles.
Some of the cultural information not accessible to the mental health counselor may be linked to the sex role attributions of American-Indian women.