Relationships among androgyny, self-esteem, and trait coping style of Chinese university students

Xishan Huang1, Xiao-lu Zhu1, Juan Zheng1, Lin Zhang1, Kunio Shiomi2
1Department of Psychology, Center for Studies of Psychological Application, South China Normal University, People’s Republic of China
2Department of Human Development, Soai University, Japan
Cite this article:  Huang, X., Zhu, X., Zheng, J., Zhang, L., & Shiomi, K. (2012). Relationships among androgyny, self-esteem, and trait coping style of Chinese university students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40, 1005-1014.

Volume 40 Issue 6 | e2733 | Published: July 2012 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.6.1005

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Chinese university undergraduates’ personality type was investigated from the perspective of androgyny as the ideal gender role type. Based on Bem’s 4 gender role types (1974), 434 undergraduates were classified as masculine, feminine, androgynous, or undifferentiated. The relationships among personality type, trait coping style, and level of self-esteem were examined. Results showed that the students were mainly in two gender role types, androgynous and undifferentiated. Gender and grade had a significant impact on the distribution of gender role types. The androgynous group had the highest self-esteem level and tended to use positive coping strategies. Androgyny was assessed as an ideal gender role type, relative to the three other types.

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