ERIC Number: ED219143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
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Parental Sex-Typed Perceptions of Their Infants at Two Different Ages.
Parental sex-typed perceptions of infants at two different ages were examined in this study. Twenty-nine primiparous couples were recruited from a local hospital where they had been participating in various childbirth and child-care education programs. Sixteen were parents of boys, and 13 were parents of girls. First when their children were 5 to 9 months old and again when they were 12 to 17 months old, all parents completed questionnaires consisting of 20 bipolar word pairs arranged on 7-point scales. Parents were asked to circle the point on the scale which most closely represented their perception of their child. Results indicated that both parents' perceptions of daughters differed rather consistently and often significantly from perceptions of sons. On both questionnaire administrations, boys were seen as more aggressive, firmer, bigger, calmer, rougher, more stubborn, and less easily scared than girls. For the second administration only, boys were regarded as significantly noisier and less cuddly than girls. It was concluded that, at both ages, parents do stereotype their infants according to sex. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 15-18, 1982).