Sex Role Hostility

Sex Role Hostility is a 10-item measure of hostile beliefs and attitudes around gender roles in the United States. The measure is part of a sub-set of measures to capture the attitudinal aspects of relational interactions.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Male

Age Range: Adults


1. It doesn’t really bother me when women tease me about my faults.*
2. I do not often find myself disagreeing with women.*
3. There are a number of women who seem to dislike me very much.
4. I generally don’t get really angry when a woman makes fun of me.*
5. Lately, I’ve been kind of grouchy with women.
6. When it really comes down to it, a lot of women are deceitful.
7. I never have hostile feelings that make me feel ashamed of myself later.*
8. I don’t usually wonder what hidden reason a woman may have for doing something nice.*
9. Very few women talk about me behind my back.*
10. I have been rejected by too many women in my life.

Response Options:
5-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree - 1
Strongly agree - 5

*Items are reverse scored

Scoring Procedures

The mean of the item scores is calculated for the total. A high score is indicative of being more hostile.

Original Citation

Lee, R. D., Walters, M. L., Hall, J. E., & Basile, K. C. (2012). Behavioral and attitudinal factors differentiating male intimate partner violence perpetrators with and without a history of childhood family violence. Journal of Family Violence, 28(1), 85-94.

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