In a short paper on nature vs nurture, what is a good way to react to the excerpt below? Clearly, there is a need to address the biological challenge. We need to empiri cally demonstrate the validity of our social-psychological theories, to show that our sociocultural variables do completely m.ediate (account for) the effects of biological sex on social behavior. The research reported here was intended to provide such a demonstration. The research involved the test of a social-psychological model of the relationships between biological sex differences, intervening sociocultural states, and the emergent status order in mixedsex small groups. The results of the research indicate only partial support for the model; the intervening sociocultural variables accounted for some but not all of the relationship between biological sex differences and status ranking. Within the limits of the research, these results underscore the empirical vulnerability of social psychological explanations of sex-role behavior and should signal the need for further research on the issue.
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