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An investigation of sex-role stereotypes in African Americans

Author: Dade et al.,L. R.
Author Background:
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Black-Studies
Volume/Pages 30(5) 676-690
Subject Matter African American, Gender roles
Abstract What seems to be missing from the sex-role stereotype literature and might possibly add some clarity to the area, is studies that view African Americans from within their own context of normalcy. If qualitative or quantitative differences do exist, then it is critical that before meaningful comparisons can be considered between African Americans and any other group, norms within the African American group first must be established. In addition, any work undertaken must also use an African American/African perspective as a major influence in its theoretical framework and as a basis for the discussion of any findings. In part, this is what this research attempts to do. Issues that are examined include (1) African Americans self-classified as androgynous are more likely to classify other African American women and men as androgynous than as sex-typed (i.e., feminine or masculine) or as undifferentiated. That is, androgynous will be the largest single category. (2) African American women may be less likely to hold sex-role stereotypes of African American women and men than are African American men.