Traditional gender roles attitude and romantic partner conflict among males: A Correlational study


Swagata Chattopadhyay, Sujata Saha


Social norms and roles can affect our interpersonal behavior and relationships. The strain to comply with such norms, for individuals who are much less aligned with existing gender norms and roles, can create further difficulties. This paper analyzes conflicts between romantic partners in relation to traditional gender roles attitude, especially for males, in the age group of eighteen to twenty-five which roughly aligns with young adulthood. Chances of having a romantic relationship are especially high during these years. Conventional gender roles can make it more difficult for individuals to align their personality traits with societal expectations, live true to their personal socio-sexual preferences, and decide their conduct in relationships. Conventional norms and roles of masculinity and femininity can both help or hurt a relationship. Gender roles attitude here refers to the beliefs held by individuals towards any specific gender as measured by the Gender Role Attitude Scale (GRAS), developed by Prof. Dr. Simge Zeyneloölu. Another scale used was the Romantic partner conflict scale (RPCS) which refers to the everyday conflicts faced by individuals in relationships and how they handle the conflict, introduced by Tammy L. Zacchill. Here, a statistical analysis, specifically the Pearson Correlation coefficients, between GRAS and subscales of RPCS is presented.