Masculinity-feminity in obese women

Harriet P. Lefley

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Tested 30 obese and 30 nonobese women, matched on 7 variables, for femininity with the terman-miles m-f test and a questionnaire. Contrary to the hypothesis, obese ss were significantly higher in femininity scores. Analysis of subtests revealed that the major contributing factor was greater emotional reactivity. Among the obese, ss with juvenile onset and family history of obesity had significantly higher femininity scores and significantly greater emotional reactivity than ss with adult onset and no family history. It is concluded that (a) the interaction of obese characteristics may make it difficult to test the hypothesis on standard m-f scales, and (b) future research should differentiate between obese subpopulations. (38 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-186
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 1971


  • masculine vs. feminine role acceptance, obese & nonobese women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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