Sex Roles

, Volume 18, Issue 1–2, pp 41–58 | Cite as

The effect of gender-schematic processing on decisions about sex-inappropriate sport behavior

  • Sherri Matteo


This research investigates the effect of gender-schematic processing on decisions to reject sex-inappropriate sports. Sex-typed subjects expressly state concerns about the gender appropriateness of the sport more often than androgynous and undifferentiated subjects. Moreover, they rate gender-based factors as more important to their decisions than the latter two groups. Second, we assess whether gender-schematic processing of the self extends to gender-schematic processing of others. When told only that a fictitious person enjoys doing either a masculine or feminine sport, sex-typed subjects are more likely to draw sex-consistent conclusions about that person than are androgynous and undifferentiated subjects. A discussion of cross-sex-typed subjects' responses is included and it is suggested that considering males' responses separately from females' may be more informative for certain experimental tasks.


Social Psychology Experimental Task Fictitious Person Sport Behavior Gender Appropriateness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherri Matteo
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  1. 1.Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Serra HouseStanford UniversityStanford

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