Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



Major Professor

Teresa Hutchens

Committee Members

Schuyler W. Huck, Priscilla Blanton


Perception of familial cohesion within family of origin was explored; differences based on gender-role orientation and family structure were investigated.Participants' gender-role orientation was classified as either Masculine, Feminine, or Androgynous using the Bern Sex Role Inventory (Bern, 1978). Family structure was assessed using a series of open-ended questions that asked participants to describe their families of origin. Participants were then classified as being part of either a traditional nuclear family, single-parent family, or a blended family. Analyses revealed significant differences in cohesion scores based on gender-role orientation but failed to find significant differences based on family structure. No interaction between gender-role orientation and family structure was found. Results were interpreted cautiously due to unequal cell sizes. Directions for future research and practical implications are also discussed.

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