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2005 - American Sociological Association Pages: 20 pages || Words: 5354 words || 
1. Ray, Rashawn. "To Be A Man: An Investigation of Masculinity Ideology and Men's Family Roles Among and Within African-American, Anglo-American, and Mexican-American Families" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 Online <PDF>. 2019-10-16 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This study examines African-American, Anglo-American, and Mexican-American attitudes toward masculinity ideology and the role of men in the family. Much research focuses on the impact various aspects of the family have on mental health outcomes and gender attitude differences amongst men and women, but little research investigates how the roles men are perceived to fulfill differ among and within racial/ethnic groups by assessing each racial/ethnic group for its specific culture and history. Comparatively, little research has been conducted on the gender role attitudes of minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals. There is not much literature on African-American men in the family and even less on Hispanic men, more specifically Mexican-American men. This study aims to fill these gaps in the literature by investigating attitudinal differences that vary across African-American, Anglo-American, and Mexican-American families in terms of attitudes towards three specific areas of masculinity: self-reliance, restrictive emotionality, and achievement status using quantitative and qualitative data from The Intersections of Family, Work, and Health Study (2004). This focus on masculinity ideology and the expected roles of men in the family will provide a broader context for understanding how to better assess attitudes towards masculinity ideology for racial/ethnic groups.

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