Psychological Androgyny and Self-Esteem in Clergywomen

Volume 12
Fall 1984
Psychological Androgyny and Self-Esteem in Clergywomen

This study assessed self-esteem and psychological androgyny in 114 clergywomen, using the Bem Sex-Role Inventory and the Texas Social Behavior Inventory. It was hypothesized that clergywomen would score higher than the standardization sample on both Masculine and Feminine scales and thus be classified as Androgynous. This was not confirmed. Thirty-two percent were classified as Androgynous, 31% as Undifferentiated, 24% as Feminine, and 16% as Masculine. The hypothesis that Androgynous and Masculine clergywomen would score significantly higher on a self-esteem measure than the other two groups was confirmed (p<.001). Differences on sex-role and self-esteem between demographic subgroups of the sample were not significant with the exception of income. The highest income group showed lower Femininity scores (p<.05) and tended to show higher Masculinity scores (p<.09).

Dr. K. Flagg
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