The Effect of Status on Role-Taking Accuracy

Tony P. Love, Jenny L. Davis

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We conducted two experiments to test the effects of status on the relationship between gender and role-taking accuracy. Role-taking accuracy denotes the accuracy with which one can predict another’s behavior. In Study 1, we examine self-evaluative measures of role-taking accuracy and find they do not correlate with actual role-taking accuracy. In addition, women were more accurate role-takers than men, regardless of interaction history. In Study 2, we disentangle gender differences from status differences, hypothesizing that role-taking accuracy is structurally situated. To test this hypothesis, we examine variations in role-taking accuracy when interaction partners are assigned differential status. Results indicate that status differentials account for variations in role-taking accuracy, whereas gender and gender composition of the dyad do not.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-865
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Sociological Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 12 2014

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  • gender
  • role-taking
  • social psychology
  • status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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