Gender Discussion Group


The Gender Discussion Group is a group of faculty and graduate students who are interested in topics related to gender. Our members are from areas across psychology as well as other departments. We meet once a month to discuss ongoing research and recent papers. Please contact Amanda Diekman if you have any questions or you are interested in joining the group.


Meetings, Spring 2008

343 Psychology

2 pm, the last Friday of the month


Members (at least some of them)

Elizabeth Brown

Amanda Diekman

Ann Fuehrer

Amanda Johnston

Kate Kuvalanka

Patricia Kerig

Terri Messman-Moore

Elise Radina

Sandhya Thomas

Margaret Wright


Recent (and forthcoming) topics









Kate Kuvalanka, Ericka Coulter, & Katy Hinty

Lev, A. I. (2006). Intersexuality in the family: An unacknowledged trauma. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 10, 27-56.



Feminist social identity

Elise Radina

Rudman, L. A., & Fairchild, K. (2007). The F word: Is feminism incompatible with beauty and romance? Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31, 125-136.


Roy, R. E., Weibust, K. S., & Miller, C. T. (2007). Effets of stereotypes about feminists on feminist self-identification. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31, 146-156.



Gender issues in academia



Sexual assertiveness

Terri Messman-Moore & Dave Walker

NO READINGS we will hear these presentations:

Sexual Assertiveness in Relational Context:Development and Psychometric Properties of The Sexual Assertiveness Questionnaire for Women (SAQ-W) - Terri L. Messman-Moore


Relational Sexual Assertiveness Interacts with Consensual Sexual Activity to Increase Risk for Sexual Coercion in Heterosexual College Women - Dave P. Walker



Relational notions of self-sufficiency, including the impact of social support on self-sufficiency

Victoria Ramey & Ann Fuehrer

Kohler, J. K., Anderson, E. A., Oravecz, L., & Bruan, B. (2004). Relationship constellations and dynamics of low-income rural mothers. Affilia, 29, 160-173.


Kovach, A. C., Becker, J., & Worley, H. (2004). The impact of community health workers on the self-determination, self-sufficiency, and decision-making ability of low-income women and mothers of young children. Journal of Community Psychology, 3, 343-356.


Trauma in girls in juvenile detention

Melissa Arnzen Moeddel & Patricia Kerig

Chamberlain, P., & Moore, K. J. (2002). Chaos and trauma in the lives of adolescent females with antisocial behavior and delinquency. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 6, 79-108.


Ford, J.D., Chapman, J., Mack, J. M., & Pearson, G. (2006). Pathways from traumatic child victimization to delinquency: Implications for juvenile and permancy court proceedings and decisions. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 57, 13-26.


Exploring gender role flexibility

Amanda Johnston & Amanda Diekman









Transgender issues

Kate Kuvalanka

Maguen, S., Shipherd, J. C., & Harris, H. N. (2005). Providing culturally sensitive care for transgender patients. Cognitive Behavioral Practice,

Pearlman, S. F. (2006). Terms of connection: Mother-talk about female-to-male transgender children. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 2,



"When I am Old I Shall Wear

Purple": Red Hatters Cope with Getting Old

Elise Radina

Blieszner, R. (2006). A lifetime of caring: Dimensions and dynamics in late-life close relationships. Personal Relationships, 13, 1-18.


Essex, M. J., & Nam, S. (1987). Marital status and loneliness among older women: The differential importance of close family and friends. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 49, 93-106.


Sexual consent & compliance

Margaret Wright & Emily Crawford

Impett, E. A., & Peplau, L. A. (2003). Sexual compliance: Gender, motivational, and relationship perspectives. The Journal of Sex Research, 40, 87-100.


Greene, K., & Faulkner, S. L. (2005). Gender, belief in the sexual double standard, and sexual talk in heterosexual dating relationships. Sex Roles, 53, 239-251.



Change in gender roles

Amanda Diekman

Goldin, C., & Shim, M. (2004). Making a name: Women's surnames at marriage and beyond. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 18, 143-160.

Wells, B. E., & Twenge, J. M. (2005). Changes in young people's sexual behavior and attitudes, 1943-1999: A cross-temporal meta-analysis. Review of General Psychology, 9, 249-261.


Brenda Major - stigma & attributions to prejudice


Major, B., & Gramzow, R. H. (1999). Abortion as stigma: Cognitive and emotional implications of concealment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 735-745.


Major, B., Gramzow, R. H., McCoy, S. K., Levin, S., Schmader, T., & Sidanius, J. (2002). Perceiving personal discrimination: The role of group status and legitimizing ideology. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 269-282.








Stereotypic & counterstereotypic influences on achievement

Dasgupta, N., & Asgari, S. (2004). Seeing is believing: Exposure to counterstereotypic women leaders and its effect on the malleability of automatic gender stereotyping. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 642-658.

Stake, J. E., & Nickens, S. D. (2005). Adolescent girls' and boys' science peer relationships and perceptions of the possible self as scientist. Sex Roles, 52, 1-11.


The maternal wall

Articles from Biernat, M., Crosby, F.J., & Williams, J. C. (2004). The maternal wall: Research and policy perspectives on discrimination against mothers. Journal of Social Issues, 60.


Sexual vicitimation & labeling

Gavey, N. (1999). "I wasn't raped, but . . . ": Revisiting definitional problems in sexual victimization. In S. Lamb (Ed.), New Versions of Victims: Feminists Struggle with the Concept (pp. 57-81). New York: New York University Press.

Harned, M. S. (2004). Does it matter what you call it? The relationship between labeling unwanted sexual experiences and distress. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 72, 1090-1099.

Fall 2005



Kite, M. E., & Whitley, B. E. (2003). Do heterosexual women and men differ in their attitudes toward homosexuality? A conceptual and methodological analysis. In L. D. Garnets & D. C. Kimmel (Eds.), Psychological perspectives on lesbian, gay, and bisexual experiences (2nd ed., pp. 39-61). New York: Columbia University Press.

Ellis, J., & Fox, P. (2001). The effect of self-identified sexual orientation on helping behavior in a British sample: Are lesbians and gay men treated differently? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31, 1238-1247


Gender differences & similarities

Baron-Cohen, S. (2002). The extreme male brain theory of autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6, 248-254.

Hyde, J. S. (2005). The gender similarities hypothesis. American Psychologist, 60, 581-592.


Gender and friendship

Benenson, J. F. & Christakos, A. (2003). The greater fragility of females' versus males' closest same-sex friendships. Child Development, 74, 1123-1129.

Morry, M. M., & Harasymchuk, C. (2005). Perceptions of locus of control and satisfaction in friendships: The impact of problem-solving strategies. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 22, 183-206.

Spring 2005


Socialization of emotion expression

Chaplin, T. M., Cole, P. M., & Zahn-Waxler, C. (2005). Parental socialization of emotion expression: Gender differences and relations to child adjustment. Emotion, 5, 80-88.


Objectification theory

Hebl, M. R., King, E. B., & Lin, J. (2004). The swimsuit becomes us all: Ethnicity, gender, and vulnerability to self-objectification. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 1322-1331.

Henderson-King, D., Henderson-King, E., & Hoffman, L. (2001). Media images and women's self evaluations: Social context and importance of attractiveness as moderators. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1407-1416.



Physical aggression

Trickett, P. K., & Gordis, E. B. (2004). Aggression and antisocial behavior in sexually abused females. In M. Putallaz, & K. L. Bierman (Eds.), Aggression, antisocial behavior, and violence among girls: A developmental perspective. (pp. 162-185). New York: Guilford.

Zoccolillo, M., Paquette, D., & Tremblay, R. (2005). Maternal conduct disorder and the risk for the next generation. In D. J. Pepler, K. C. Madsen, C. Webster, & K. S. Levene (Eds.), The development and treatment of girlhood aggression. (pp. 225-252). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.



Social support & help-seeking


Addis, M. E., & Mahalik, J. R. (2003). Men, masculinity, and the contexts of help seeking. American Psychologist, 58, 5-14.

Neff, L. A., & Karney, B. R. (2005). Gender differences in social support: A question of skill or responsiveness? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 79-90.


Fall 2004


Relational aggression

Downey, G., Irwin, L., Ramsay, M., & Ayduk, O. (2004). Rejection sensitivity and girls' aggression. In M. M. Moretti, C. L. Odgers & M. A. Jackson (Eds.), Girls and aggression: Contributing factors and intervention principles (pp. 7-25). New York: Kluwer.

Linder, J. R., Crick, N. R., & Collins, W. A. (2002). Relational aggression and victimization in young adults' romantic relationships: Associations with parent, peer, and romantic relationship quality. Social Development, 11, 69-86.



Gender roles & scripts

Kite, M. E. (2001). Changing times, changing gender roles: Who do we want women and men to be? In R. K. Unger (Ed.), Handbook of the Psychology of Women and Gender (pp. 215-227). New York: Wiley.

Krahe, B. (2000). Sexual scripts and heterosexual aggression. In T. Eckes & H. M. Trautner (Eds.), The Developmental Social Psychology of Gender (pp. 273-292). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.






Kaiser, C. R., & Miller, C. T. (2004). A stress and coping perspective on confronting sexism. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28, 168-178.