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Open Access Relationships Among Androgyny, Self-Esteem, and Trait Coping Style of Chinese University Students

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Abstract:

Chinese university undergraduates' personality types were investigated from the perspective of androgyny as the ideal gender role type. Based on Bem's (1974) 4 gender role types, 434 undergraduates were classified as masculine, feminine, androgynous, or undifferentiated. The relationships among personality type, trait coping style, and level of self-esteem were examined. Results showed that the students were mainly in 2 gender role types: androgynous and undifferentiated. Gender and grade had a significant impact on the distribution of gender role types. The androgynous group had the highest self-esteem level and tended to use positive coping strategies. Androgyny was assessed as an ideal gender role type, relative to the 3 other types.

Keywords: ANDROGYNY; CHINA; GENDER ROLE; SELF-ESTEEM; TRAIT COPING STYLES; UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.6.1005

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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