Document Type



Molecular & Cell Biology


Prof. Kari Adamsons, Dept. of Human Development & Family Studies


Development Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences


This research study looked at the masculinity beliefs of individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community and whether they were associated with participants’ relationship satisfaction. 85 participants completed questions from the Male Role Norms Inventory-Revised (MRNI-R) to determine their masculinity beliefs and the Couples Satisfaction Index (16-item version) to measure relationship satisfaction. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, ANOVA, correlation, and regression analysis. Our research hypotheses were that LGBTQIA+ individuals will have a low MRNI-R score (indicating less traditional masculinity beliefs) and that a lower score on the MRNI-R would correlate with higher relationship satisfaction. Our hypotheses were partially supported. Participants did score quite low on the MRNI-R. However, the correlation between masculinity beliefs and relationship satisfaction indicated that they were not correlated. We then divided up the participants into categories to look for differences in masculinity beliefs across genders and sexualities. Results indicated a difference in masculinity beliefs amongst different genders, but no significant difference in masculinity beliefs amongst different sexual orientations.