Sociocognitive correlates of gender-linked conduct

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    Abstract

    This study of the processes guiding children's gender-linked conduct focused on ages prior to the development of self-regulatory control through the exercise of self-evaluative reactions. The study sample consisted of 29 boys and 33 girls in Australia between 17 and 48 months old. Measures included: (1) a videotaped toy play session in which children were left alone with five boys' and five girls' toys; (2) Leinbach and Fagot's gender labeling point test, extended with a self-pointing task; (3) a gender-labeling test of photographs of inanimate objects framed in terms of which object a boy or girl would play with; (4) a test requiring children to produce a gender label for photographs; and (5) children's evaluation of a videotape sequences of other-gender-linked conduct. Children's knowledge of gender labels associated with toys was quite poor; however, regardless of age, during the toy play session, all children engaged in more same-sex than other-sex conduct. Younger children demonstrated little negative appraisal of other-sex conduct on the videotape, while the two older age groups were more likely to indicate that an other-sex toy was a "bad" toy for the child actor to play with. Children who could point to a boy or girl when their own photograph was one of the two photographs presented engaged in more same-sex activities than children who failed this task.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConceptual advances in the study of gender
    EditorsC. Martin (Chair)
    PublisherEducational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
    Number of pages16
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1993
    EventBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (70th : 1993) - New Orleans, United States
    Duration: 25 Mar 199328 Mar 1993

    Conference

    ConferenceBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (70th : 1993)
    CountryUnited States
    CityNew Orleans
    Period25/03/9328/03/93

    Keywords

    • age differences
    • childhood attitudes
    • foreign countries
    • sex Role
    • sex Stereotypes
    • sexual Identity
    • toddlers
    • toys

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