Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 247–251 | Cite as

Sex-role similarities between adults and their parents

  • Samuel Juni
  • Donald W. Grimm


Sex-role is a product of interpersonal and intrapersonal cognitive functioning. As a result, parents play an important role in the development of their children's sex-role orientation. The aim of this research was to describe the relationship between the sex-role of adults and those of their parents as measured on the Bem Sex-Role Inventory (Bem, 1974). Inventories were completed by 24 men, 41 women, and their parents. Results show the strongest relationship for gender-consonant sex-roles for mother-daughter and father-son dyads. Findings are discussed in terms of sex-role and modeling theories.


Health Psychology Cognitive Functioning Strong Relationship Social Issue Modeling Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Juni
    • 1
  • Donald W. Grimm
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied PsychologyNew York UniversityNew York

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