Explaining Sex Differences in Social Behavior: A Meta-Analytic Perspective

  title={Explaining Sex Differences in Social Behavior: A Meta-Analytic Perspective},
  author={Alice H. Eagly and Wendy Wood},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={306 - 315}
  • A. Eagly, W. Wood
  • Published 1 June 1991
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
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