ERIC Number: ED199594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Changes and Contradictions in Children's Sex-Role Concepts.
Zuckerman, Diana M.; Sayre, Donald H.
Research published in the 1970's indicated that young children expressed extremely traditional attitudes regarding appropriate sex-role behavior. Middle-class children (N=47) between the ages of four and eight were interviewed about their sex-role attitudes in order to determine the extent to which recently changing cultural mores have influenced children's sex-role concepts. Parents provided demographic information. Compared to children in other recent studies, these children expressed very nonstereotypic attitudes toward occupations and activities, but aspired to very traditional careers for themselves. Girls who felt it was appropriate for either men or women to be doctors or nurses, listed "nurse" as their occupational choice and "doctor" as the career they would choose if they were boys. The children often gave stereotypic reasons for preferring their own sex, with boys being more likely to give a sex-role related reason. Parents' education, mothers' employment status, and the child's gender predicted responses to several of the sex-role related questions. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980). Best copy available.