ERIC Number: ED279929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Gender Differences as Reflected in Family Stories.
In past generations, traditional gender roles may have dominated family life. One method of investigating the relationship of gender roles and their impact on subsequent generations is to use the relating of family stories to obtain quantitative data. A study was conducted to examine gender role information and gender differences in the passing along of family history and the relating of familial information. College students (N=56) asked their same-sex parent and grandparent to trace their families and to relate stories of family members, along with the source of these stories. A total of 169 stories from 56 families were analyzed in regard to main characters and themes reported, social desirability, and common or unusual events. Gender of hero, and of the teller of the story, as well as gender of the source of the story were included. The analysis indicated that information concerning family members of past generations clearly reflected traditional values concerning gender roles, and were generally told to current members by females, as the keepers of family history. It was concluded that the collection of family stories may yield information concerning family history and may serve as a method of investigation useful in understanding various aspects of, and influences upon, family life. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (39th, Chicago, IL, November 19-23, 1986).