The Development and Validation of the Gender Role Conflict Scale for Irish Adolescent Boys

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ABSTRACT

Ó Beaglaoich and associates (2013, 2015a, 2015b) report that the Gender Role Conflict Scale for Adolescents (GRCS-A, Blazina et al. 2005) may not be suitable for use with Irish boys. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to develop a culturally appropriate measure of gender role conflict (GRC). The resultant 26-item scale was entitled the Gender Role Conflict Scale for Irish Adolescents (GRCS-IA). It had satisfactory scale score reliability and a unidimensional factor structure. Evidence of convergent validity was adduced through statistically significant correlations between participants’ gender role conflict and indices of psychological functioning (i.e., self-esteem and state as well as trait anxiety). The divergent validity of the GRCS-IA also was demonstrated (i.e., participants’ gender role conflict did not correlate significantly with their endorsement of masculine norms). Limitations of the current study are outlined and directions for future research are discussed.

Contributor Notes

Cormac Ó Beaglaoich, PhD, is a former Irish Research Council Scholar who has published in various peer-reviewed journals, including Psychology of Men & Masculinity and Psychology and Sexuality. His research interests include masculinity, scale development, and human sexuality. Email: cormacbegley@gmail.com

Mark Kiss, BA, is currently a master’s student in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include human sexuality, LGBT psychology, aging, death, and male body image. He has co-authored studies published in the Journal of Homosexuality, Psychology and Sexuality, and Sexuality and Culture. Email: mark.kiss@usask.ca

Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich has completed a BA (Psychology) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests include eating disorders, obesity, masculinity, pedophilia, scale development, human sexuality, and prejudice and discrimination. Email: cliodhnanibheaglaoich@gmail.com

Todd G. Morrison, PhD, is a professor of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests are psychometrics, gay and lesbian psychology, human sexuality, and male body image. He has published more than a hundred articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed outlets such as Body Image, Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Sex Roles, Journal of Homosexuality, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and the European Journal of Psychological Assessment. Email: todd.morrison@usask.ca

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