ERIC Number: ED451926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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Gender Schematic Development within the Family Context.
Sokal, Laura; Seifert, Kelvin; Piotrowski, Caroline
Organizing the world into masculine and feminine categories is a process called "gender schematicity." High gender schematicity has been linked with children's inclination to self-select out of certain learning opportunities that they deem gender-inappropriate. This study examined gender schematicity among kindergartners and fourth-graders and their parents. Parents completed the Bem Sex Role Inventory and were classified as gender-typed or non-gender-typed. Children completed a toy-selection exercise that used response latencies to differentiate highly gender-schematic children from those with lower gender schematicity. Findings showed that boys were more gender-schematic than girls; no age effects were found. Boys with gender-typed fathers and non-gender-typed mothers were more schematic than girls with parents of the same gender-type classification, than girls with non-gender-typed mothers and gender-typed fathers, and than boys with two non-gender-typed parents. (Contains 18 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Gender Schema Theory
Note: Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Minneapolis, MN, April 19-22, 2001).