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ERIC Number: ED141463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 8
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Gender Identity as Seen in Drawings of Father Absent 5 to 7 Year Old Black Children.
Patterson, Sandra K.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between father condition (absence or presence) and gender identity of seventy-four 5 to 7 year old black children as revealed through their human figure drawings. The essence of this study was to determine if the absence or presence of the father was associated with reversed identification in father-absent children as opposed to sex appropriate identification among father present children. The main hypothesis of the study was that there would be a significant relationship between father condition and sex of drawings produced by black father absent and father present children. The related questions were also formulated: (1) Does the sex of the child have any effect upon the labelling of the figure drawn? and (2) Does the child label the drawing, in terms of sex, according to the way it was labeled by independent judges? Statistical analysis included a chi-square 2X2 test of independence done for the hypothesis and each research question. The results revealed very little agreement between the children's labels and those of the initial judge. Further results indicated that father presence was associated with sex appropriate identification in terms of labels and that father absence was not related to such identification. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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