Bem Sex Role Inventory
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Malloy, T. E. 2010. Bem Sex Role Inventory. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
In the early 1970s psychologists questioned the assumption that masculinity (i.e., agency) and femininity (i.e., communion) were opposite ends of a one-dimensional continuum. Rather, masculinity and femininity were conceptualized as independent dimensions; an individual could have a score on each. The Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) is based on the theory that individuals differ in the extent to which masculinity and femininity are the basis for a cognitive schema that affects the processing of information and behavior.