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Bem Sex Role Inventory

  1. Thomas E. Malloy

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0123

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Malloy, T. E. 2010. Bem Sex Role Inventory. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Rhode Island College

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  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.