ERIC Number: ED255316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Gender Differences in Children's Experiences of the Family.
Stewart, Abigail J.; Copeland, Anne P.
Data from three projects were analyzed with two questions in mind: Do boys and girls attend and respond to different aspects of family life? and, do children in general experience the family as sex-differentiated? Results were expected to add to understanding of the sources of gender differences in adults' orientations to marriage and parenting. Retrospective data regarding adults' recall of their parents' behavior were available from the Family Relationships and the Pregnancy and Parenthood projects. In addition, from the Family Changes Project a great deal of data were available from a younger generation of 6- to 12-year-olds. The latter information concerned participating children's perceptions, feelings, and beliefs about both parents (who had recently separated). While variables and data from each project were different, similar questions could be asked across the studies. Results indicated inconsistent child gender differences. However, there were differences in children's views of mothers versus fathers. In general, mothers were described as being warmer but also more authoritarian and controlling. Finally, there were also some differences in the ways children of different genders viewed their mothers and fathers, and some indications that the current generation of children is not as differentiated by their parents along gender lines as previous generations. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Life Span Development
Note: For related document, see PS 015 306. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (San Francisco, CA, October 16-20, 1984).