Gender, Attitudes Toward War, and Masculinities in Japan

TitleGender, Attitudes Toward War, and Masculinities in Japan
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationN/A
AuthorsMorinaga, Yasuko, Yuiri Sakamoto, and Ken'Ichiro Nakashima
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume120
Issue3
Abstract

Previous studies have argued that masculinity is linked to war. We conducted a web-based survey to examine relationships between gender, attitudes toward war, and masculinities within a sample of Japanese adults of both sexes (Nā€‰=ā€‰366). Our results indicated that while men were more likely than women to accept war, the relationship between attitudes toward war and masculinities was inconclusive. Moreover, the results suggested that favorable attitudes toward war among men could be attenuated by interpersonal orientations. Based on our findings, we recommend a reexamination of attitudes toward war within the Japanese population.