Sex Roles

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 17-33

First online:

African American men's Gender Role Conflict: The significance of racial identity

  • Jay C. WadeAffiliated withDepartment of Counseling and Personnel Services, College of Education, University of Maryland

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This study examined the relationships between racial identity attitudes and gender role conflict in a sample of 95 African American men ages 23–80 years old. Participants completed the 1981 Black Racial Identity Attitude Scale by Parham and Helms and the 1986 Gender Role Conflict Scale by O'Neil, Helms, Gable, David, and Wrightsman. Results indicated that racial identity attitudes were differentially related to patterns of gender role conflict when racial identity is externally defined. However, an internally defined racial identity had no relationship to gender role conflict. Results are discussed in terms of the significance of racial identity for understanding African American men's conflict associated with traditional male gender role standards and expectations.