Theory and measurement of androgyny: A reply to the Pedhazur-Tetenbaum and Locksley-Colten critiques

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Abstract

Discusses issues raised in the critiques of E. J. Pedhazur and T. J. Tetenbaum (see record 1980–29271–001) and of A. Locksley and M. Colten (see record 1980–30293–001). It is noted that (a) the Bem Sex-Role Inventory (BSRI) is based on a theory about both the cognitive processing and the motivational dynamics of sex-typed and androgynous individuals; (b) the strategy of item selection for the BSRI followed directly from the theory and utilized established techniques for test construction; (c) a short BSRI has been developed in accordance with the results of various factor analyses; (d) current research is testing the hypothesis that sex-typed and androgynous individuals differ in the extent to which gender serves as a cognitive schema; and (e) the concept of androgyny contains an inner contradiction and hence a built-in obsolescence. (34 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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