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ERIC Number: ED097124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 81
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The Relationship of Age and Sex of Four-, Five-, and Six-Year-Olds to the Perceptions of Sex Roles as Portrayed in Children's Literature.
Kummerow, Kay Louise
This study investigated children's perceptions of sex roles as they are portrayed in traditional and nontraditional children's stories. Subjects were 60 white, middle-class, 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old children. Tape-recorded stories and questions (investigator-designed) specifically examined: (1) distinction of mother and father roles in parallel situations involving children, (2) perception of occupations and personality characteristics as male or female, (3) perception of roles in a nontraditional story in which the father was absent, (4) perception of roles in a nontraditional story in which the mother was absent, and (5) recognition of roles in stories with stereotyped and nonstereotyped sex role behavior. Chi-square analyses were made regarding sex, age, and responses to each item. Although no significant age relationships were found, definite sex differences were discovered. Differences were apparent in the subjects' responses to stories representing stereotyped and nonstereotyped sex role behavior. Appendixes include a transcript of test stories, a list of roles portrayed, and sample responses. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Master's Thesis, Florida State University