An attempt was made to replicate the selection of
items for the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI). The
20 masculine, 20 feminine, and 20 neutral items of
the BSRI were rated for social desirability "in an
American male" and "in an American female" by
male and female judges. The BSRI item-selection
criterion-each item being rated by both male and
female judges as significantly more desirable in a
male than in a female (masculine items) or significantly
more desirable in a female than in a male
(feminine items)-was met by only two items: masculine
feminine. For a considerable number of
other items, differences between mean desirability
ratings for a male and for a female were in a direction
opposite to that predicted. Correlations between
the mean ratings of male and female judges
when rating items for the same sex were quite high,
consistent with previous research.
Edwards, Allen L & Ashworth, Clark D. (1977). A replication study of item selection for the Bem Sex Role Inventory. Applied Psychological Measurement, 1, 501-507. doi:10.1177/014662167700100406
Edwards, Allen L.; Ashworth, Clark D..
A replication study of item selection for the Bem Sex Role Inventory.
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