The Multidimensional Gender Consciousness Questionnaire (MGCQ)

1.     I sometimes wonder about men’s and women’s differences/similarities.
2.     I am very aware of how others react to my own beliefs about men and women.
3.     I reflect a lot about my own gender (i.e.‚ being male/female).
4.     I’m concerned about what other people think of my gender related behaviors.
5.     In general‚ I’m attentive to how much I comply with gender role expectations.
6.     I’m concerned about the way my gender-related behaviors are interpreted by others.
7.     I’m always trying to understand things that are associated with my own gender.
8.     I’m usually aware of how others react to my views about women and men.
9.     I’m alert to changes in my attitudes about gender.
10.   I don’t think about being a female/a male very often. (R)
11.   I’m very aware of people’s reactions to my being a female/a male.
12.   I usually worry about the impression my being a male/a female has on others.
13.   I sometimes think about the various ways men and women communicate.
14.   I hardly ever fantasize about trying to change society’s views about women and men. (R)
15.   I seldom think about the nature of men’s and women’s interactions. (R)
16.   I am very aware of how people react to my being a male/a female.
17.   I think about men’s and women’s differences/similarities more than most people do.
18.   Usually I’m not attentive to what others think about my own particular gender. (R)
19.   I usually spend time thinking about whether my clothing conforms to expected gender roles.
20.   Usually I’m alert to how others perceive women versus men.
21.   I think about how men’s and women’s roles differ from each other.
22.   I think about my being a female/a male more than anything else.
23.   I don’t think very much about beha‎ving in a particular gender related fashion. (R)
24.   I tend to be preoccupied with gender-related equality between the sexes.
25.   I’m constantly thinking about my particular gender (i.e.‚ being a female/a male).
26.   I think about whether my own behaviors conform to gender role expectations.
27.   I seldom think about my own beliefs about women and men. (R)
28.   I’m alert to how others react to my own gender related clothing/dress/hair style.
29.   I probably think about women’s and men’s behaviors less often than most people. (R)
30.   I’m concerned about how my own gender-related attitudes are viewed by others.
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A     =      Not at all ch‎aracteristic of me.
B     =      Slightly ch‎aracteristic of me.
C     =      Somewhat ch‎aracteristic of me.
D     =      Moderately ch‎aracteristic of me.
E     =      Very ch‎aracteristic of me.
Public gender consciousness: items 2‚ 4‚ 6‚ 8‚ 11‚ 12‚ 16‚ 18‚ 20‚ 28‚ 30
Private gender consciousness: items 1‚ 3‚ 5‚ 7‚ 9‚ 10‚ 13‚ 14‚ 15‚ 17‚ 19‚ 21‚ 22‚ 23‚ 24‚ 25‚ 26‚ 27‚ 29

William E. Snell JR. & Dennis R. Papini. 1989.  The sexuality scale: An instrument to measure sexual‐esteem‚ sexual‐depression‚ and sexual‐preoccupation. The Journal of Sex Research‚ Volume 26‚ Issue 2. 256-263

William E. Snell JR.‚ Terri D. Fisher & Toni Schuh. 1992.  Reliability and validity of the sexuality scale: A measure of sexual‐esteem‚ sexual‐depression‚ and sexual‐preoccupation. The Journal of Sex Research Volume 29‚ Issue 2‚ 261-273

Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr.‚ & Johnson‚ G. (2004). Development and validation of the Multidimensional Gender Consciousness Questionnaire: A measure of gender awareness. [unpublished research])

Permission is granted to individuals to use the Multidimensional Gender Consciousness Questionnaire for research purposes.
Please notify Dr. Snell about any results; thank you. Permission granted by William (Bill) E. Snell‚ Jr. on November 1‚ 2006.