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Males' Resolution of Conflict in Relation to Reasoning and Sex Role Charactersitcs
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by Sharon A. Braun and Rickard A. Sebby* - Southeast Missouri State University
Men’s perception and resolutions of role conflict with regard to occupation, societal demands, intimate relationships, and familial goals were examined relative to cognitive reasoning and sex role characteristics. Forty-five male undergraduate students ranging in age from 18 to 43 (M = 21.87, SD = 6.00) volunteered to participate in the study. Results indicated that men who scored high in feminine sex role characteristics generally perceived less conflict in relation to career or family issues. Conversely, men who scored high in absolute reasoning and high in masculine characteristics were likely to perceive more conflict in a romantic relationship in which career and family issues were at odds. These results are discussed in relation to men’s evolving gender roles and possible gender differences in reasoning.