Sex-role development in single parent households

C. Denise Russell1, Jon B. Ellis1
1East Tennessee State University, United States
Cite this article:  Russell, C. D., & Ellis, J. B. (1991). Sex-role development in single parent households. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 19(1), 5-10.

Volume 19 Issue 1 | e641 | Published: February 1991 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1991.19.1.5

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In order to examine the relationship between sex role development and number of parents in the home, 129 adolescent age college students (73 women, 56 men) were administered a life history questionnaire and the Bem Sex-Role Inventory (short form) (BSRI). With the sexes combined, 54 individual were classified as androgynous and 75 as nonandrogynous. As predicted there was a higher percentages of androgynous individuals who were reared in single-parent households as opposed to "intact" households. These results indicate that the development of an androgynous sex role has a strong relationship to number of parents in a family, particularly single parent homes in which the mother is the parent. An implication of these results is that parents who model adaptive yet nontraditional roles may play an important role in the healthy development of their children.
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