An exploratory evaluation of the Cognitive-Active Gender Role Identification Continuum

Jacob Bird Priest, Purdue University


Individual beliefs of stereotyped gender roles influence interpersonal behavior. If therapists ignore gender roles, change may be inhibited. However, few family therapy theories adequately address the influence of gender and gender roles in the change process. The Cognitive-Active Gender Role Identification Continuum (CAGRIC) is a framework that, when used with family therapy theories, can help overcome rigid gender role classifications and facilitate change. Using data from the 2002 International Social Survey Program module on "Family and Changing Gender Roles," this study examines new classifications of gender roles and the influence of gender role beliefs and gender role behaviors on relationship satisfaction. Data from Australia, Brazil, Israel, Japan, Russia, Spain, and the United States is used to test the clustering and congruence hypotheses of the CAGRIC model. Results suggest strong support for the clustering hypothesis of the model, especially in western countries. Implications for the use of the CAGRIC model in couple and family therapy are discussed. ^




Anne Edwards, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Gender Studies

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