ERIC Number: ED145317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Sex Typing of Children's Toys by College Students and Fourth Graders.
Zucker, K. J.
As part of a larger investigation exploring the relationship between cognition and sex-role development, it was necessary to develop a large list of toys that could be considered sex typed (i.e., toys that were appropriate for only the male or for only the female sex; N = 48). To do so, 66 college students and 54 fourth graders were presented with a list of toys and were instructed in one of two ways: the college student rated each toy on a nine-point scale of masculinity and femininity; the fourth graders circled either the word "boy,""girl," or "both" adjacent to each item. A priori criteria of masculinity and femininity yielded a total of 48 toys that could be considered sex typed by the college students and 50 toys that could be considered sex typed by the fourth graders. It was concluded that these data yielded a face-valid measure of the masculinity-femininity of children's toys and will provide researchers in the area of sex-role development with a useful, contemporary index of the sex appropriateness of children's toys. (Author)
Descriptors: Child Development, College Students, Elementary School Students, Females, Males, Measurement Instruments, Rating Scales, Research Projects, Research Tools, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Toys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. Journal Supplement Abstract Service.