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Alternative Gender Measures Survey

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Saperstein, Aliya (Stanford University)
  • Westbrook, Laurel (Grand Valley State University)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline
  • Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Free Keywords
gender; testing and measurement; social inequality; social attitudes
  • Abstract

    The Alternative Gender Measures Survey (AGMS) was conducted on Amazon Mechanical Turk in November 2014 to pilot measures as part of a proposal for a new sex and gender module in the General Social Survey (GSS). In order to test the measures in a realistic context, a six-item sex and gender module was embedded in a questionnaire designed to approximate conventional questionnaires in the social sciences. Most of the items were drawn from the GSS and have the same question wording and variable names.

    The AGMS sex and gender module includes: a pair of feminine and masculine scales asked from the first-order (how do you see yourself?) perspective, a pair of feminine and masculine scales asked from the third-order (how do most people see you?) perspective, and a two-step categorical measurement of sex at birth and current gender identity. This two-step approach is the same one adopted by the GSS for its 2018 survey.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2014-11-04 / 2014-11-24
    Collection Date(s): Tue Nov 04 00:00:00 EST 2014--Mon Nov 24 00:00:00 EST 2014
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
U.S. residents, age 18 and older
Collection Mode
  • Survey was fielded on Amazon Mechanical Turk. See codebook for details on randomized question ordering and other aspects of the survey design.

  • Cites
    DOI: 10.1177/0022146519825749 (Text)
  • Cites
    DOI: 10.1177/2378023116664352 (Text)
  • Hart, Chloe Grace, Aliya Saperstein, Devon Magliozzi, and Laurel Westbrook. “Gender and Health: Beyond Binary Categorical Measurement.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 60, no. 1 (March 2019): 101–18.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022146519825749 (DOI)
  • Magliozzi, Devon, Aliya Saperstein, and Laurel Westbrook. “Scaling Up: Representing Gender Diversity in Survey Research.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 2 (August 31, 2016): 237802311666435.
    • ID: 10.1177/2378023116664352 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-05-02 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-05-02

Saperstein, Aliya; Westbrook, Laurel (2019): Alternative Gender Measures Survey. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.