Impact of Collective Gender Identity on Relationship Quality: When Men Feel Devalued

Corinne A. Moss-Racusin, Jessica J. Good, Diana T. Sanchez

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Although heterosexual men typically hold positions of dominance in society, negative aspects of masculinity could lead some men to feel that their gender group is not valued by others (D. A. Prentice & E. Carranza, 2002). Previous research has largely overlooked the impact of men's own perceptions of their gender group membership on their relationship outcomes. To address this gap, we posited that when heterosexual men feel that their gender identity is devalued, they may relate better to close others who have devalued identities (e.g., their female romantic partners). Specifically, we predicted that heterosexual men who view their masculine gender identity as important but devalued would more successfully take the perspective of their female partner. Results confirmed predictions, such that for undergraduate men whose gender identity was important, lower levels of perceived group value predicted greater ability to take perspective with their romantic partners. Implications for men's relationships and identity research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-75
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology of Men and Masculinity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


  • identity devaluation
  • male gender identity
  • partner's perspective taking
  • relationship quality


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