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Sex Differences in Social Behavior

A Social-role interpretation, 1st Edition

By Alice H. Eagly

Psychology Press

190 pages

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In presenting an innovative theory of sex differences in the social context, this volume applies social-role theory and meta-analytic techniques to research in aggression, social influence, helping, nonverbal, and group behavior. Eagly's findings show that gender stereotypic behavior results from different male and female role expectations, and that the disparity between these gender stereotypes and actual sex differences is not as great as is often believed.


"…a landmark book in the field…a sophisticated advance in our understanding of sex differences in social behavior…must reading for all students of social psychology, the psychology of women and gender."

Janet Shibley Hyde

University of Wisconsin

"…the most comprehensive analysis yet of the basis for many psychological sex differences…raises the study of sex differences to a new level of empirical and theoretical sophistication. The book is beautifully written, detailed yet easy to follow…balanced and thoughtful."

Judith A. Hall

Northeastern University

Table of Contents

Contents: The Analysis of Sex Differences in Social Behavior: A New Theory and a New Method. Sex Differences in Helping Behavior. Sex Differences in Aggressive Behavior. Sex Differences in Other Social Behaviors. The Interpretation of Sex Differences in Social Behavior.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology