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Getting along or ahead: Effects of gender identity threat on communal and agentic self-presentations

Sinclair, Samantha LU ; Carlsson, Rickard LU and Björklund, Fredrik LU (2016) In Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 57(5). p.427-427
Abstract
When faced with a threat to gender identity, people may try to restore their gender status by acting in a more gender-typical manner. The present research investigated effects of gender identity threat on self-presentations of agentic and communal traits in a Swedish and an Argentine sample (N = 242). Under threat (vs. affirmation), Swedish women deemphasized agentic traits (d [95 % CI] = -0.41 [-0.93, 0.11]), Argentine women increased their emphasis on communal traits (d = 0.44 [-0.08, 0.97]), and Argentine men increased their emphasis on agentic traits (d = 0.49 [-0.03, 1.01]). However, Swedish men did not appear to be affected by the threat regarding agentic (d = 0.04 [-0.47, 0.55]) or communal traits (d = 0.23 [-0.29, 0.74]). The... (More)
When faced with a threat to gender identity, people may try to restore their gender status by acting in a more gender-typical manner. The present research investigated effects of gender identity threat on self-presentations of agentic and communal traits in a Swedish and an Argentine sample (N = 242). Under threat (vs. affirmation), Swedish women deemphasized agentic traits (d [95 % CI] = -0.41 [-0.93, 0.11]), Argentine women increased their emphasis on communal traits (d = 0.44 [-0.08, 0.97]), and Argentine men increased their emphasis on agentic traits (d = 0.49 [-0.03, 1.01]). However, Swedish men did not appear to be affected by the threat regarding agentic (d = 0.04 [-0.47, 0.55]) or communal traits (d = 0.23 [-0.29, 0.74]). The findings are to be considered tentative. Implications for identity threat research are discussed. (Less)
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identity threat, agency, communion, gender differences, self-presentation, self-stereotyping
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Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
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  author       = {Sinclair, Samantha and Carlsson, Rickard and Björklund, Fredrik},
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  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Psychology},
  title        = {Getting along or ahead: Effects of gender identity threat on communal and agentic self-presentations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12310},
  volume       = {57},
  year         = {2016},
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