Title

Male reference group identity dependence, masculinity ideology, and relationship satisfaction in men’s heterosexual romantic relationships

Disciplines

Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

This research assessed factors that may affect men’s satisfaction with their romantic relationships. Ninety men completed measures that assessed male reference group identity dependence, masculinity ideology, and relationship satisfaction. Masculinity was examined as a mediator in the relationship between male identity and romantic relationship satisfaction. The results indicate masculinity ideology mediated the relationship between male identity and romantic relationship satisfaction such that masculinity ideology explains this relationship. We conclude with implications for future research and for counseling men who may have difficulties in their heterosexual romantic relationships.

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