Sex-role differentiation: Exploring race differences

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N. Jane McCandles


Studies have shown contradictory patterns regarding sex role differentiation when comparing the black and white community. Researchers have reported that black males and females, when compared to white males and females, either do not perceive sex roles in bipolar terms and create an atmosphere of little sex role differentiation or are more sex role stereotyped and create an environment where the roles of men are clearly distinguished from the roles of women. The results of this analysis support the argument that there is little sex role differentiation between black males and females when compared to white males and females. Furthermore, the sex role differentiation which exists within the white community is dependent upon educational attainment.

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