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Construct Validation of the Bem Sex Role Inventory in Taiwan


It has been over 30 years since the creation of the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI; Bem in Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, 42, 155-162, 1974). Although the BSRI is the most frequently tested instrument for measuring gender orientation, no researchers to date have examined its psychometric properties in Taiwan. Using the short version of the instrument, I asked a total of 381 men and 450 women college students, nurses, police officers, or managers in Taiwan to evaluate themselves on the BSRI. Among the findings are (1) satisfactory internal consistency of the BSRI, (2) more complex structure of masculinity and femininity than originally reported, and (3) doubtful ability of the BSRI to differentiate gender role orientation. These results suggest use of the BSRI in Taiwan with extreme caution before further validation of its applicability is conducted.

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Special thanks to Julia R. Peng and H. C. Weng for data analysis. This study is based on a larger project funded by the National Science Council of the Republic of China in Taiwan (NSC 93-2416-H-214-001).

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Peng, T.K. Construct Validation of the Bem Sex Role Inventory in Taiwan. Sex Roles 55, 843–851 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-006-9136-6

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  • Bem sex role inventory
  • Validity assessment
  • Taiwan
  • Cross-cultural