Gender Role Self-Concept and Leisure Activities of Adolescents

Gender Role Self-Concept and Leisure Activities of Adolescents The present study investigated the relevance of gender role self-concept to leisure activities of female and male adolescents. A sample of 310 Austrian adolescents (14 to 16 years old) participated in the study. Gender role self-concept was measured based upon a multi-dimensional conceptualization that includes positive and negative self-descriptions. Gender role self-concept significantly predicted female-typed and male-typed leisure activities in addition to participants’ gender and partially mediated the link between gender and female-typed leisure activities. The analyses revealed gender-congruent as well as gender-incongruent associations between both the positive female and male role self-concept and the gender-typed leisure activities. Self-description with socially undesirable masculine traits was related to antisocial activities like using drugs, but also with socializing and sports activities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

Gender Role Self-Concept and Leisure Activities of Adolescents

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11199-008-9543-y
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Abstract

The present study investigated the relevance of gender role self-concept to leisure activities of female and male adolescents. A sample of 310 Austrian adolescents (14 to 16 years old) participated in the study. Gender role self-concept was measured based upon a multi-dimensional conceptualization that includes positive and negative self-descriptions. Gender role self-concept significantly predicted female-typed and male-typed leisure activities in addition to participants’ gender and partially mediated the link between gender and female-typed leisure activities. The analyses revealed gender-congruent as well as gender-incongruent associations between both the positive female and male role self-concept and the gender-typed leisure activities. Self-description with socially undesirable masculine traits was related to antisocial activities like using drugs, but also with socializing and sports activities.

Journal

Sex RolesSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 28, 2008

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