The relationships between hypergender, gender, and psychological adjustment

Tyson C. Kreiger, Larry E. Dumka

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate how the constructs of hypermasculinity and hyperfemininity correlate with gender-related individual differences in agency, communion, and occupational interests over and above hypergender's hypothesized associations with psychological symptomatology. Hypermasculinity and hyperfemininity were significantly related to overall symptomatology. Only hyperfemininity was significantly related to one measure of gender-related personality traits (i.e., communion). Exploratory analyses revealed various relationships between gender measures and relative scores of psychological symptomatology. Overall, results indicated that hypergender may represent an independent domain of gender and may be especially useful in delineating the relationships between gender and psychological well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-785
Number of pages9
JournalSex Roles
Issue number11-12
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006


  • Gender diagnosticity
  • Gender differences
  • Hyperfemininity
  • Hypergender
  • Hypermasculinity
  • Personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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