A measure of androgyny and gender role
The Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) provides independent assessments of masculinity and femininity in terms of the respondent’s self-reported possession of socially desirable, stereotypically masculine and feminine personality characteristics. This can also be seen as a measurement of the extent to which respondents spontaneously sort self-relevant information into distinct masculine and feminine categories. The self administering sixty-item questionnaire measures masculinity, femininity, androgyny, and undifferentiated, using the Masculinity and Femininity scales.
- A total of sixty questions--twenty regarding masculine characteristics, twenty feminine, and twenty neutral
- Includes the short form of thirty questions
- Requires only about ten minutes to complete
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The BEM Online Survey is available in two forms: Original and Short. You will specify one of the forms when you order.
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About the Bem
The Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) was designed for conducting empirical research on psychological androgyny. It is also used for workshops and counseling on gender awareness. The BSRI contains sixty personality characteristics. Twenty of the characteristics are stereotypically feminine (e.g., affectionate, gentle, understanding, sensitive to the needs of others) and twenty are stereotypically masculine (e.g., ambitious, self-reliant, independent, assertive). The BSRI also contains twenty filler items (e.g., truthful, happy, conceited).
The BSRI is distinguished from most masculinity-femininity scales by the following characteristics:
- Provides independent assessments of masculinity and femininity through self-reported possession of socially desirable, stereotypically masculine and feminine personality traits
- Measures the extent to which respondents spontaneously sort self-relevant information into distinct masculine and feminine categories (under Sandra Bem's gender schema theory)
Contents of Manual
- Procedures for administering and scoring
- Normative data with percentile tables, and information on classifying subjects
- Construction of inventory and psychometric data on scales
- Listing of empirical studies using the BSRI
- Suggestion for further reading on Psychological Androgyny and References
- Self administering (to individuals or large groups)
- Not a timed test (takes approximately 10-15 minutes)
- Age Range: High school students and older
When taking the BSRI, a person is asked to indicate on a seven-point scale how well each of the sixty characteristics describes herself or himself. The scale ranges from 1 ("Never or almost never true") to 7 (Always or almost always true").
|Never or almost never true||Usually not true||Sometimes but infrequently true||Occasionally true||Often true||Usually true||Always or almost always true|
|1. love children||____||3. conscientious||____|
|2. defend my own beliefs||____||4. unsystematic||____|
The items are scored on independent dimensions of masculinity and femininity as well as androgyny and undifferentiate classifications:
- High on masculinity and femininity? Androgynous
- Low on masculinity and femininity? Undifferentiated
- High on masculinity and low on femininity? "Masculine"
- High on femininity and low on masculinity ? "Feminine"
Relatively simple hand-scoring.
31-65 years old (Adults), greater than 62 years old (Older Adults), Psychiatric Inpatients, and Judges.