Meditation and Sex Role Identification

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

This study assessed the impact of a 3-month meditation retreat on 15 respondents’ self-perceived masculinity and femininity. As hypothesized, male and female subjects, who on pretest perceived themselves to be more stereotypically feminine than normative samples, on posttest reported a significant shift to even greater endorsement of feminine adjectives and less endorsement of masculine adjectives.

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