Title

Masculinity, Femininity and Perceived Personality Pathology

Presenter

Emily Grossman

Abstract

Historic and current controversies related to gender surround the operationalization and use of certain psychiatric diagnoses from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Researchers have argued that gender bias may be present in either the diagnostic criteria or practices pertaining to the personality disorders, specifically histrionic and antisocial personality disorders. According to gender schema theory, gender categories and stereotypes play a central role in social cognition and lead people to make certain assumptions about the personalities of men and women. If certain disorders, such as histrionic and antisocial, are in fact constructed on the basis of hyper-femininity and hyper-masculinity, then schematic effects of gender on our perceptions of men and women could explain gender differences in diagnoses for these disorders. Through correlational analysis of survey responses, I evaluate interactions between observers—perceptions of targets—gender and gender roles in predicting levels of perceived personality pathology.

Faculty Sponsor

Pavel Blagov

Sponsor Department/Programs

Gender Studies

Tracks

Gender Inequities

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Reid G02

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Masculinity, Femininity and Perceived Personality Pathology

Reid G02

Historic and current controversies related to gender surround the operationalization and use of certain psychiatric diagnoses from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Researchers have argued that gender bias may be present in either the diagnostic criteria or practices pertaining to the personality disorders, specifically histrionic and antisocial personality disorders. According to gender schema theory, gender categories and stereotypes play a central role in social cognition and lead people to make certain assumptions about the personalities of men and women. If certain disorders, such as histrionic and antisocial, are in fact constructed on the basis of hyper-femininity and hyper-masculinity, then schematic effects of gender on our perceptions of men and women could explain gender differences in diagnoses for these disorders. Through correlational analysis of survey responses, I evaluate interactions between observers—perceptions of targets—gender and gender roles in predicting levels of perceived personality pathology.

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