Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Drew Moser

Second Advisor

Scott Gaier

Third Advisor

Tim Herrmann

Abstract

Beginning during childhood, males learn to act in certain ways that will define them as masculine. Society expects boys to play with certain toys, not show emotion, and show aggressiveness. These expectations only increase as men age. By the time males enter college, they can be expected to take part in binge drinking, dangerous behavior, and sexual promiscuity. Research has shown many variables could affect male perceptions of gender identity during college. The current study aimed to investigate male perceptions of gender identity on two college campuses. The researcher distributed the Bem Sex-Role Inventory (BSRI) at two different faith-based institutions and used the added variables of institution type, residence hall type, class status, and amount of time spent with the opposite sex. The results of the current study found male perceptions of gender seemed affected by institution type, residence hall type, and class status. The amount of time spent with the opposite sex did not affect male perceptions of gender identity.

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