Postprint version. Published in Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Volume 6, Issue 4, October 1, 2005, pages 254-263.
Copyright 2005 by the Educational Publishing Foundation.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1524-9126.96.36.199.
The Conformity to Masculine Norms Inventory (CMNI), intended as a counseling tool to examine masculinity issues with male clients, assesses conformity to 12 components of the masculine role. In this study, participants (N = 307) completed the CMNI and the Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS). Men’s conformity to traditional masculine norms was negatively associated with RAS scores for both men rating themselves and women rating their male partners on the CMNI. Men’s conformity to masculine norms was more strongly associated with women’s relationship satisfaction than with men’s relationship satisfaction. Findings suggest the usefulness of the CMNI for helping counseling clients explore how men’s conformity to specific masculine norms is connected to the quality of their romantic relationships.