ERIC Number: ED124300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Sex-Role Stereotyping in Select Families: When and Where Does It Appear?
Barber, Lucie W.
Sex role stereotyping by parents of male and female children was assessed by asking parents in 88 middle-class families to rate the importance of five broadly defined categories of attitudes they believed a 2-year-old should learn. All parents had at least one child 5 years old or younger. It was assumed that if sex role stereotyping was present, parents of males would highly rate the categories related to social behavior and exploration (defined in terms of independence and orientation to the world of work). It was assumed that parents of females would highly rate the categories related to family cooperation, appreciation for others, and the self (defined in terms of perseverance, imagination and passivity). Comparisons were made among the mean ratings given by parents who had only a male child, only a female child, multiple male children, multiple female children, and multiple children of both sexes. Findings indicated some stereotyping in families with more than one child of the same sex but no stereotyping in the other families studied. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Union Coll., Schenectady, NY.