Family Structure and Emotional Expressiveness



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There is a potential relationship between gender roles and emotional expressiveness. The central hypothesis is that the households that present high levels of both masculine and feminine gender roles will have higher levels of emotional expression. The study was conducted by recruiting college students to participate in an online survey. The survey measured the levels of each gender role present in the household, the number of parents present in the home, and the participant's self-reported level of emotional expression. There were no significant relationships between gender roles and emotional expression found during the study. Given that there is no statistically significant relationship between the two, it is very likely that gender roles do not influence emotional expressiveness. Potential future studies should include an overhaul of the methods and replicating them, an examination of other possible influences on emotional expression, and an attempt to replicate the study with a broader participant pool and a higher number of participants.



gender roles, emotional expression, household structure