What is it about?
Gender identification is more nuanced and diverse than a binary male/female dichotomy. Most individuals incorporate a blend of stereotypically masculine (agentic) and feminine (expressive) personality traits. These can be surprisingly accurate at prediction a range of mental health and life outcomes.
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Why is it important?
When we conduct psychological research, we typically look for the presence of group differences (young/old, male/female). But a body of new research suggests that psychological gender identification is a better predictor of life outcomes, wellbeing, and cognitive abilities than biological sex. Researchers should consider taking measurement of sex-typed personality traits when planning the design of clinical studies.
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This page is a summary of: Gender can be a continuous variable, not just a categorical one: Comment on Hyde, Bigler, Joel, Tate, and van Anders (2019)., American Psychologist, October 2019, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/amp0000505.
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