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Psychol Rep. 2005 Aug;97(1):277-87.

Increasing differentiation of women and men: gender trait analysis 1974-1997.

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Department of Sociology, The University of Akron, USA. lloydlueptow@comcast.net

Abstract

Analysis of the responses of some 4,000 college students showed increasing differentiation in the ratings of gender characteristics of typical women and men, especially with regard to feminine traits. Roughly similar patterns were observed in five other studies using the same gender traits. All studies showed continued or increased sex typing on affectionate and sympathetic. In the present study women became more feminine, and males became less, on all but one of the feminine traits. This increasing differentiation of women and men is not consistent with predictions from the sociocultural model; they are more consistent with those of the evolutionary model.

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16279335
DOI:
10.2466/pr0.97.1.277-287
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