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Male Role Stress Test

Male gender roles may pressure men when they feel they are not living up to societal expectations of what “a real man” should be. Male norms often emphasize qualities such as toughness, stoicism, dominance, and self-reliance, while stigmatizing traits perceived as feminine or weak. As a result, men may feel pressured to conform, leading to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, or distress.

This test is based on Eisler and Skidmore’s “Masculine Gender Role Stress Scale” and measures whether you are struggling with stress from facing masculine gender norms.

Do you experience stress from the gender expectations you face concerning how to be “a real man?” For each of the following statements, indicate how well it applies to you below.

Question 1 of 29

I feel on edge when a woman takes control of the situation.



The IDRlabs Masculine Gender Role Stress Test was based on Eisler and Skidmore’s “Masculine Gender Role Stress Scale” and developed by IDRlabs.

Masculine Gender Role Stress is a complex phenomenon rooted in societal expectations and norms surrounding masculinity. Traditional ideals of masculinity often emphasize qualities such as strength, dominance, and emotional restraint while devaluing traits perceived as feminine or weak. Men are socialized from a young age to conform to these narrow definitions of masculinity, leading to the internalization of societal expectations and norms. However, these rigid gender roles can create a sense of pressure and conflict for men when their own experiences, identities, or behaviors do not align with these ideals.

The pressure to conform to masculine gender roles can lead to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, or distress among men who perceive themselves as falling short of societal expectations. This stress may arise from the fear of being perceived as unmanly or weak, leading men to suppress or deny aspects of themselves that are deemed incompatible with traditional masculinity. As a result, men may experience a sense of dissonance between their internal sense of self and the external expectations placed upon them.

Masculine gender role stress can manifest in various domains of life, including relationships, work, and mental health. In interpersonal relationships, men may struggle to express vulnerability or seek emotional support due to fears of appearing less masculine or capable. In the workplace, men may feel pressure to assert dominance and control in order to maintain a sense of authority and respect, leading to stress and burnout. Additionally, masculine gender role stress may contribute to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse as men grapple with the internalized pressure to meet societal expectations.

One significant consequence of masculine gender role stress is the perpetuation of harmful gender stereotypes and inequalities. The pressure to conform to traditional ideals of masculinity reinforces rigid gender norms that limit an individual’s ability to express themselves authentically and to seek support when needed. This can have detrimental effects on men's well-being and relationships, as well as on broader societal dynamics related to gender, power, and privilege.

Efforts to address masculine gender role stress involve challenging rigid gender norms, promoting self-awareness and self-acceptance, and fostering more inclusive and flexible conceptions of masculinity. This may involve encouraging men to explore and embrace a wider range of emotions, interests, and behaviors that defy traditional gender stereotypes. It also requires creating supportive environments that validate men's experiences and provide space for open communication and vulnerability without judgment or stigma.

By challenging masculine gender role stress and promoting more inclusive and equitable conceptions of masculinity, society can work towards fostering healthier and more fulfilling experiences of gender for individuals of all genders. This includes recognizing and valuing the diversity of human experiences and expressions, as well as dismantling the harmful stereotypes and expectations that contribute to gender inequality and discrimination. Ultimately, addressing masculine gender role stress is essential for promoting mental health, well-being, and gender justice for all.

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Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to how you perceive your pattern of thinking regarding gender-related stress.

2. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

3. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally in psychology and individual differences research.