The Masculine Role Inventory (MRI)

1. Close relationships can detract from career developments.
2. I don't devote too much time to personal relationships.
3. A close relationship may cause others to think I lack success potential.
4. I avoid discussing my feelings because others might think I am weak.
5. Even if I have known someone for a long time‚ I still prefer not to talk about the more private aspects of myself.
6. I sometimes assume an indifferent attitude toward loving someone‚ otherwise people might consider me immature.
7. I am somewhat hesitant to commit myself to another person.
8. A successful career means more to me than a successful close relationship.
9. It is impractical for people to make long-range commitments in a close relationship‚ until they have started a career.
10. I would be tempted to end a relationship if my partner asked me to devote any more time to her/him.
11. There are career drawbacks associated with investing oneself in a relationship.
12. It is easy for me to express feelings openly to someone close to me.
13. I don't search for too much personal fulfillment from a relationship with another person‚ because of the potential costs to my ambitions.
14. If I committed myself to another person‚ I would not have enough time to wholeheartedly pursue a career.
15. I prefer not to be emotionally involved with another person.
16. There are professional costs associated with sustaining a close relationship.
17. Strong involvement in a love relationship will ultimately interfere with career activities.
18. It's costly to admit that one is emotionally upset.
19. If people thought of me as a sensitive person‚ they might exploit me.
20. A person would be wise not to display any affection for his/her friends.
21. I would feel uncomfortable about my future‚ if others thought I was sensitive.
22. If people knew how strongly I respond to other's feelings‚ they would consider me a "soft" person.
23. I would prefer that others not think of me as a kind person.
24. People who are sensitive cannot become effective leaders.
25. In order to become a successful person‚ it's important not to show emotional weakness.
26. People cannot succeed in business unless they suppress their sensitivity to other people's feelings.
27. If I were involved in an affectionate relationship‚ I would not have enough time left over to develop a career.
28. If others know how you really feel‚ your career can be hurt.
29. People who cry will not get anywhere in the working world.
30. I am comfortable with the idea of committing myself to another person.
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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 preoccupation subscale: Items 1‚ 11‚ 14‚ 16‚ 17
Restrictive emotionality subscale: Items 4‚ 6‚ 18‚ 19‚ 20‚ 21‚ 22‚ 23‚ 24‚ 25‚ 26‚ 28‚ 29
Inhabited affection subscale: Items  2‚ 7‚ 8‚ 10‚ 13‚ 15‚ 30

Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr. (1986). The Masculine Role Inventory: Components and correlates. Sex Roles‚ 15‚ 443- 455.

     Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr.‚ & Belk‚ S. S. (1986). The masculine role as a moderator of stress-distress relationships. Sex Roles‚ 15‚ 359-366.