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Bros Like Me: Adherence to Male Role Norms in Fraternity Men

2015, Doctor of Philosophy, Miami University, Educational Leadership.
Although there is a large body of research on the intersection of college fraternities and toxic masculinity, much of this research examines the impact of a particular performance of masculinity in terms of sexual aggression, misogyny, homophobia, and hypermasculinity. Few studies however have quantified levels of masculinity in fraternity men and sought to correlate these to experiences in fraternity culture. The purpose of this study was to quantify masculinity in fraternity-affiliated men as compared to their non-affiliated peers by examining their adherence to male role norms using the Male Role Norms Inventory– Revised (MRNI-R). MRNI-R Scores were regressed on a series of questions relating to fraternity experiences, for the affiliated group.

This study found that fraternity-affiliated men possessed significantly higher rates of adherence to male role norms as compared to their non-affiliated peers, but very few of the factors related to fraternity experiences explained the difference. This likely indicates that men who join fraternities possess higher adherence to male role norms prior to joining fraternities and join in an effort to be validated by like-minded peers. Implications for practitioners are discussed in an effort to assist these men as well as suggestions for future research.
Kathy Goodman, PhD (Advisor)
Elisa Abes, PhD (Committee Member)
David Perez, PhD (Committee Member)
Mahauganee Shaw, PhD (Committee Member)
Katherine Kuvlanka, PhD (Committee Member)
85 p.

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