The Masculine and Feminine Self-Disclosure Scale (MFSDS)

1. How self-sufficient you believe you are.
2. How often you tell people you really like their friendship.
3. The extent to which you speak up when you want something.
4. How frequently you give up on tasks before actually completing them.
5. How warm a person you believe you are.
6. How autonomous you believe you are.
7. How thoughtful you believe you are.
8. How competitive you believe you are.
9. How frequently you volunteer your time to “benefit” activities.
10. How often you stop to help others pick up things they have dr‎opped.
11. How strongly you usually defend your own opinions.
12. How kind you believe you are.
13. How often you call up old friends just to see how they are.
14. How gentle you believe you are.
15. How often you kiss or hug your family members.
16. How forceful you believe you are.
17. How sympathetic you believe you are.
18. How often you play to win in sports and other games.
19. How often you put things off to do at a later time.
20. How frequently you help others who are moving to a new location.
21. How independent you believe you are.
22. How often you change your mind when making a decision.
23. The extent to which you usually direct a group’s activity.
24. How understanding of others you believe you are.
25. How assertive you believe you are.
26. How competitive you believe you are.
27. How often you organize group projects.
28. How concerned for others you believe you are.
29. How often you hold hands with someone.
30. How self-reliant you believe you are.
31. How often you invite others over just to talk.
32. How persistent you believe you are.
33. How considerate of others you believe you are.
34. The extent to which you work on tasks where you alone are responsible.
35. How efficient you believe you are.
36. How often you spend time with children.
37. How tender you believe you are.
38. How frequently you visit your relatives.
39. How sensitive you believe you are.
40. The extent to which you are typically the first to talk in a discussion group.
41. How masculine you are.
42. How feminine you are.
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0 = Not at all willing to discuss this topic with:
1 =
2 =
3 =
4 = Totally willing to discuss this topic with:
1. Masculine Trait Scale (Items 1‚ 6‚ 21‚ 25‚ 30‚ 32‚ 35)
2. Masculine Behavior Scale (Items 3‚ 11‚ 22‚ 23‚ 27‚ 34‚ 40)
3. Feminine Trait Scale (Items 5‚ 12‚ 14‚ 17‚ 24‚ 33‚ 37)
4. Feminine Behavior Scale (Items 2‚ 10‚ 13‚ 15‚ 29‚ 31‚ 38)
5. “Global” Masculinity Scale (Item 41)
6. “Global” Femininity Scale (Item 42)
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Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr. (1989). Willingness to self-disclose to female and male friends as a function of social anxiety and gender. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin‚ 15‚ 113-125.

     Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr.‚ Belk‚ S. S.‚ Flowers‚ A.‚ & Warren‚ J. (1988). Women’s and men’s willingness to self- disclose to therapists and friends: The moderating influence of instrumental‚ expressive‚ masculine‚ and feminine topics. Sex Roles‚ 18‚ 769-776.

     Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr.‚ Belk‚ S. S.‚ & Hawkins‚ R. C. II (1986). The Masculine and Feminine Self-Disclosure Scale: The politics of masculine and feminine self-presentation. Sex Roles‚ 15‚ 249-267.