Gender on Self-Definitions in Work-Related and Relational Contexts: Are Women and Men Different or Similar?

Küçükkömürler, Sanem
Baltacı, Sinem
Beliefs and expectations about gender differences have been existed throughout the history. In these beliefs and expectations, the basic assumption was that "women and men are different". Studies in the literature showed that within-group differences are greater than between-group differences for gender-related issues [1]. However beliefs and expectations about gender differences still lead people to express gender schema-consistent manifestations. Therefore different gender related beliefs about self may lead different behavioral patterns in different contexts if these contexts are gender-schema related. In this study, our aim is to investigate whether self definitions change depending on context -either work related, relational or without context emphasize-. Thirty-two participants were interviewed and three questions asked, (1) How do you define yourself?. (2) How do you define yourself as a women/men in your romantic relationship?, and (3) How do you define yourself as a women/men in your work settings?. Frequencies of words used by both gender to define self in three conditions were analyzed to discover if women and men's definition of self change depending on contexts. These findings provide an understanding for the roles of gender-related issues


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S. Küçükkömürler and S. Baltacı, “Gender on Self-Definitions in Work-Related and Relational Contexts: Are Women and Men Different or Similar?,” 2017, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: