The relationship between androgyny and cognitive complexity: An exploratory investigation

Eva M. McMahan, Don W. Stacks

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This study explored the relationship between psychological androgyny as measured by Bern’s Sex Role Inventory and cognitive complexity, measured by Crocketts Role Category Questionnaire. It was expected that androgyny and high cognitive complexity would be correlated positively. A moderate correlation between androgyny and cognitive complexity was obtained. However, the result was interpreted as a function of the complexity measure. The unexpected result was that of the subjects who scored high in complexity, more were categorized as undifferentiated as contrasted with androgynous, masculine, or feminine. Suggestions, based on the results, are made for re-examining psychological sex roles and cognitive complexity. Specifically, the researchers suggest that the undifferentiated individual be given serious attention and that qualitative indices of interpersonal construct systems be used to investigate further the connection between psychological androgyny and social cognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-240
Number of pages12
JournalSouthern Speech Communication Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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