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ERIC Number: ED184660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Responsiveness to Babies: Life-Situation Specific Sex Differences in Adulthood.
Nash, Sharon Churnin; Feldman, S. Shirley
Responsivity to babies was observed in 96 mature adults representative of three junctures of parenthood: parents of infants, parents of 8-9 year olds, and parents of adolescents. Among the measures used were reactions to an unfamiliar infant in a waiting room situation, interest in pictures of babies versus other objects, and sex-role concept and attitudinal questionnaires. Stage of family life cycle affected women's responsivity but not men's. New mothers displayed a heightened, generalized interest in babies which is optimally timed and functional in terms of sex-differentiated role requirements. A possible confounding between cohort effects and stage in the family life cycle was examined and rejected. Traditionally sex-typed behaviors were reinterpreted as life-situation specific rather than general traits. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Child and Family Mental Health.; Stanford Univ., CA. Boys Town Center for the Study of Youth Development.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bem Sex Role Inventory; Feminine Interest Questionnaire; Masculine Interest Questionnaire