Personality across sexual identity and gender in a national probability sample in New Zealand

Greaves, Lara M., Barlow, Fiona Kate, Huang, Yanshu, Stronge, Samantha and Sibley, Chris G. (2017) Personality across sexual identity and gender in a national probability sample in New Zealand. Sex Roles, 1-10. doi:10.1007/s11199-017-0752-0


Author Greaves, Lara M.
Barlow, Fiona Kate
Huang, Yanshu
Stronge, Samantha
Sibley, Chris G.
Title Personality across sexual identity and gender in a national probability sample in New Zealand
Journal name Sex Roles   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-2762
0360-0025
Publication date 2017-03-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11199-017-0752-0
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Preliminary evidence in online and convenience samples has shown small but significant personality differences across sexual identity and gender over a number of personality traits. The idea that gender intersects with sexual identity to affect personality has been formalized into two hypotheses: the gender inversion hypothesis (that lesbians and heterosexual men, as well as gay men and heterosexual women, have indistinguishable mean scores on personality traits) and the gender shift hypothesis (that gay men’s and lesbians’ personality scores fall somewhere between those of heterosexual women and men). We investigate personality differences in self-identified sexual identity across and within gender in a large, national probability sample in New Zealand (N = 14,230). There was support for the gender inversion hypothesis on some traits; lesbians (relative to heterosexual women) had similar conscientiousness scores to those of heterosexual men, and gay men (relative to heterosexual men) scored similar to heterosexual women in agreeableness and emotional stability. Our work highlights the importance of taking an intersectional approach to simultaneously consider gender and sexual identity when it comes to understanding personality.
Keyword Gender
Gender inversion
Gender shift
Personality
Sexual identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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