Masculinity Ideology and Subjective Well-Being in a Sample of Polish Men and Women

Pietraszkiewicz, Agnieszka; Kaufmann, Michèle C.; Formanowicz, Magdalena M. (2017). Masculinity Ideology and Subjective Well-Being in a Sample of Polish Men and Women. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 48(1), pp. 79-86. De Gruyter 10.1515/ppb-2017-0010

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Masculinity ideology is defined as a blend of cultural beliefs, types of behavior, and roles generally associated with men and boys. Previous studies have showed mixed effects of adherence to masculine ideology on men’s subjective well-being, indicating negative but also positive relationships. The present study focuses on agency, that is the core of stereotypic masculinity (Abele & Wojciszke, 2007), and its relationship to subjective well-being by analyzing data from a representative Polish sample of the European Social Survey (ESS). Participants were 1751 adults, aged 17 years and older (of whom 771 were men). A structural equation model was applied. The results demonstrated that agentic values (specifically valuing power and achievement) were good predictors of male and female subjective well-being. That is, the less men and women valued their own power and achievements, the lower their subjective well-being was. As expected, this association was stronger for men. Additionally, regardless of gender, we demonstrated that age was a negative predictor and that number of years of education a positive predictor of subjective well-being. This association was stronger for men.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Neuroscience and Social Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Pietraszkiewicz, Agnieszka, Kaufmann, Michèle, Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




De Gruyter




Agnieszka Pietraszkiewicz

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11 Oct 2017 10:14

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05 Dec 2022 15:06

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