The Masculine Behavior Scale (MBS)

1. I spend a great deal of my time pursuing a highly successful career.
2. I don’t usually discuss my feelings and emotions with others.
3. I don’t devote much time to intimate relationships.
4. I try to be in control of everything in my life.
5. I am very ambitious in the pursuit of a success-oriented career.
6. I am not the type of person to self-disclose about my emotions.
7. I don’t involve myself too deeply in loving‚ tender relationships.
8. I make sure that I “call all the shots” in my life.
9. I devote extensive time and effort to the pursuit of a professional career.
10. I don’t often talk to others about my emotional reactions to things.
11. I don’t become very close to others in an intimate way.
12. I don’t take orders (or advice) from anybody.
13. I do whatever I have to in order to work toward job success.
14. In general‚ I avoid discussions dealing with my feelings and emotions.
15. I don’t often tell others about my feelings of love and affection for them.
16. I don’t let others tell me what to do with my life.
17. I work hard at trying to ensure myself of a successful career.
18. I don’t often admit that I have emotional feelings.
19. I tend to avoid being in really close‚ intimate relationships.
20. I don’t allow others to have control over my life.
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A =+2= Agree.
B = +1=Slightly agree.
C =0= Neither agree nor disagree.
D =-1= Slightly disagree.
E = -2= Disagree.
Success dedication subscale: Items 1‚ 5‚ 13‚ 17
Restrictive emotionality subscale: Items 2‚ 6‚ 10‚ 14‚ 18
Inhabited affection subscale: Items 3‚ 7‚ 11‚ 15‚ 19
Exaggerated self-reliance & control subscale: Items 4‚ 8‚ 12‚ 16‚ 20

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Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr. (1989). Development and validation of the Masculine Behavior Scale: A measure of behaviors stereotypically attributed to males vs. females. Sex Roles‚ 21‚ 749-767