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ERIC Number: ED139509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Motherese, Fatherese, Androgynese.
Horgan, Dianne D.; Gullo, Dominic F.
This study attempted to determine whether documented stylistic differences in the way males and females modify their speech to young children results from sex typing or from differential experience with children. A 3 by 2 design was employed: sex-typing (highly masculine, highly feminine, or androgynous) by experience (high or low). Forty-one adults (20 males, 21 females) were classified using the Bem Sex-Role Inventory and ratings of experience with children. Subjects were instructed to look at a book with an imaginary 2-year-old. Protocols were scored as to the total word output, the number of words per sentence, simplifications and elaborations of the text. Results indicate that experience is more important than sex-typing in determining how adults talk to children. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Bem Sex Role Inventory