chapter  10
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Sex, Gender, and Groups: Selected Issues

This chapter is concerned with the relation of sex, both as subject variable and as stimulus or object variable, to small group processes. This general issue contains a variety of important questions for those interested in the psychology of women, gender, and social psychology. For example, how do women and men respond to others, and to one another in small group settings and gatherings? How does the sex composition of a group affect interpersonal processes within it, and the group's effectiveness at its task or function? How are groups of varying sex composition perceived by their members, and by observers outside the group? Do women differ from men in the ease with which they can attain and maintain leadership in groups and organizations?