Dimensions of Gender Stereotypes: Positive Personality, Cognitive, Physical, and Negative Personality

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Author of Tool: 

Diekman, A. B., & Eagly, A. H

Key references: 

Diekman, A. B., & Eagly, A. H. (2000). Stereotypes as dynamic constructs:Women and men of the past, present, and future. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 1171-1188.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Assesses dimensions of gender stereotypes

Background: 

Dynamic stereotypes characterise social groups that are thought to have changed from the attributes they manifested in the past and even to continue to change in the future. According to social role theory’s assumption that the role behavior of group members shapes their stereotype, groups should have dynamic stereotypes to the extent that their typical social roles are perceived to change over time. Applied to men and women, this theory makes two predictions about perceived change: (a) perceivers should think that sex differences are eroding because of increasing similarity of the roles of men and women and (b) the female stereotype should be particularly dynamic because of greater change in the roles of women than of men. Typical assessment of stereotypes is to present a target individual (i.e the average man) and ask participants to rate the likelihood that this target individuals possesses each trait on a 7-point scale, ranging from very unlikely to very likely.  is to prisis Typical assessment

Psychometrics: 

The four sub scales produced by averaging responses across the items had high internal consistency, as assessed by alphas, for the first and second experiments, respectively: .85 and .81 for masculine personality, .92 and .89 for masculine cognitive, .88 and .81 for masculine physical, .93 and .92 for feminine personality, .84 and .84 for feminine cognitive, and .88 and .86 for feminine physical. For full psychometric description see article:   For fullDiekman, A. B., & Eagly, A. H. (2000). Stereotypes as dynamic constructs:Women and men of the past, present, and future. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 1171-1188.

Files: 

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Web link to tool: 

https://www.users.muohio.edu/diekmaa/gstmeasure.htm

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 

https://dx.doi.org/10.13072/midss.497

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