Sex Roles

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 241–273

Ethnicity as a determinant of sex role identity: A replication study of item selection for the Bem Sex Role Inventory

  • Allen C. Harris

DOI: 10.1007/BF01547717

Cite this article as:
Harris, A.C. Sex Roles (1994) 31: 241. doi:10.1007/BF01547717


An analysis of the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) was conducted to determine (1) whether the instrument is a valid indicator of current cultural definitions of masculinity/femininity, and (2) whether cultural definitions of masculinity/femininity, as indicated by the BSRI, differ between various cultural groups—specifically, African-American, Anglo, and Hispanic. Results indicate that the B[R]SRI, within limits, appears to still be a valid indicator of “American” cultural definitions of masculinity and femininity. However, the scale was found to be less valid as a measure of M/F among Hispanic-American and African-American subjects. The study calls for the development of culture-specific sex role inventories for use among non-Anglo segments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allen C. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IllinoisChicagoUSA