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Gender Roles in Relationships

  • By: Toni Calasanti & Jill Harrison-Rexrode
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Gender roles are sex-specific, reciprocal claims and obligations. Because women and men move in many contexts and kinds of relationships, they occupy many roles. Understanding how gender roles shape behavior in relationships involves distinguishing between sex—biological differences ...

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