Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Bridget Diamond-Welch

Second Advisor

Dr. Sarah Lampert

Third Advisor

Dr. Cindy Struckman-Johnson


Masculinity, Aggression, Thought Processes, Hegemonic Masculinity


The purpose of this study was to explore whether there is a relationship between hegemonic masculinity and aggressive cognitive thought processes that ultimately end in aggressive behavior. In order to study this, I recruited male participants through Amazon MTurk, where 350 men completed a three-part survey and 344 were analyzed. First, participants took the Male Role Norms Inventory – Short Form (MRNI-SF), a sevenpoint Likert-type scale that measures seven traits commonly associated with masculinity. They then completed the Conditional Reasoning Test for Aggression (CRTA), which measures a person’s implicit thought process in order to see how likely they are to act aggressively in the future. Finally, the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire Short Form (BPAQ-SF) was completed, another seven-point Likert-type scale that measures one’s self-perceived level of aggression. Through stepwise regression analysis it was found that, although cognitive thought processes still play a significant role in prediction aggression, masculinity norms are a better predictor overall.



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