Androgyny (Psychology), Interpersonal relations, Lesbianism, Sex role
This research studies the interaction between sex role identity, sexual preference and intrapersonal competence. The subjects were 46 homosexual and 30 heterosexual white, single women of the Central Florida area. Subjects were classified as Masculine, Feminine, Androgynous or Undifferentiated using the Bem Sex Role Inventory. Intrapersonal Competence was measured using the Personal Adjustment, Self Confidence and Self Control scales of the Adjective Check List. A Two-way Analysis of Variance showed no significant main effects for sex role or sexual orientation. Post hoc analysis of the three Intrapersonal Competence subscales indicated that the Androgynous and Masculine women were higher in self confidence than the Feminine and Undifferentiated women. When the two groups, Masculine-Androgynous and Feminine-Undifferentiated were analyzed by homosexual and heterosexual groups using a 2 X 2 Chi-square procedure, a significant association was found between sex role categorization and sexual orientation. It is believed that future studies would benefit from including the bisexual sexual preference, the effects of coupling, and a measure of the effects of active involvement in the feminist movement. It is the opinion of this writer that society is in flux on these issues and a longitudinal study is also needed for a fuller assessment.
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McGuire, John M.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Aditi, India, "Sex Role, Identity Sexual Preference, and Intrapersonal Competence in Women" (1981). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 530.