Bem Sex Role Inventory

A measure of androgyny and gender role

Sandra Bem

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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. 

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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:

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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").

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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:


Relatively simple hand-scoring.

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31-65 years old (Adults), greater than 62 years old (Older Adults), Psychiatric Inpatients, and Judges.

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