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ERIC Number: ED140948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Sex-Typed Attitudes, Sex-Typed Contingency Behaviors, and Personality Traits of Male Caregivers.
Robinson, Bryan E.
This study examined the contingency behaviors, attitudinal dispositions, and personality traits of male caregivers in day care settings. A random sample of 20 male caregivers was contrasted with 20 female caregivers and 20 male engineers on measures of sex-typed attitudes and personality traits. Male and female caregivers were also contrasted on their sex-typed contingency behaviors as observed with the Fagot-Patterson Checklist. Results showed that all three groups maintained that boys should be masculine but felt that girls should be equally masculine and feminine in their behavior. Both male and female caregivers reinforced children significantly more for feminine behaviors than masculine behaviors and punished masculine behaviors more than feminine behaviors. Although the personalities of the male caregivers corresponded to the feminine direction of their female counterparts, they were not significantly more feminine than the male engineers. The female caregivers however, scored significantly more feminine in personality than the male engineers. It was concluded that the findings reported here did not confirm the flood of impressionistic reports in the educational literature which claim that males should be employed to counterbalance the "feminized" environment in early education. (JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1977); Based on Ph.D. dissertation, University of North Carolina at Greensboro