Segregated Gender Role Attitudes

The Segregated Gender Role Attitudes is a 14-item measure that captures mothers' and fathers' attitudes around gender roles.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults


1. Men should earn most of the money for family so women can stay home and take care of the children and home.
2. It is important for the man to have more power in the family than the woman.
3. Mothers are the main person responsible for raising children.
4. A wife should always support her husband’s decisions, even if she doesn’t agree with him.
5. A man should help in the house, but housework and child care should mainly be a woman’s job.

Response Options:
Strongly disagree (1) to strongly agree (5)

6. It is essential for a man to get respect from others.
7. It bothers me when a guy acts like a girl.
8. I admire a man who is totally sure of himself.
9. A man will lose respect if he talks about his problems.
10. A young man should be physically tough.
11. A man always deserves the respect of his wife and children.
12. I don’t think a husband should have to do housework.

Response Options:
Strongly agree (1) to strongly disagree (4)

13. Supporting your family financially is the most important thing you do as a father (your partner does as a father).
14. Working extra hours shows that you are a good father (your partner is a good father).

Response Options:
Strongly disagree (1) to strongly agree (4)

Scoring Procedures

The scores for all the 14 items were added separately for mothers and fathers. The combined gender scale scores for fathers’ and mothers’ range from 14 to 60, with higher scores reflecting preference for more segregated gender roles.

Original Citation

Pinto, K. M., & Coltrane, S. (2009). Divisions of labor in Mexican origin and Anglo families: Structure and culture. Sex Roles, 60, 482-495.

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