Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Thomas, Cheryl,


Psychology, Clinical.




The primary purpose of the current study was to determine the degree, if any, to which gender stereotypes are reflected within the criteria of DSM-IV Axis II Personality Disorders (PDs). Participants consisted of 73 university undergraduate students (33 males and 40 females), who were instructed to sort each of the 91 PD criteria, presented individually on index cards, along a dimension of masculine to feminine. A secondary aim was to determine if participants who were instructed to sort the cards into five piles ranked the criteria differently from those participants who were free to sort the criteria into as many piles as they felt were necessary to complete the task. Results revealed no significant gender weighting of PDs, but suggest trends towards rating Antisocial and Schizoid PDs as male-typed disorders and Dependent, Histrionic and Avoidant PDs as female-typed disorders. Implications and limitations of the current research are discussed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .H65. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-06, page: 1619. Adviser: Cheryl Thomas. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.