ERIC Number: ED299028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-12
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The Effect of Gender on Adult Perceptions of Infant Behavior.
Connor-Greene, Patricia A.
To determine whether gender is a powerful influence on perceived characteristics, a videotape of an infant labeled as either a boy or a girl was shown to 101 male and 89 female college students in introductory psychology classes. After watching the videotape, subjects completed a rating scale assessing the infant's characteristics. When labeled female, the baby was rated as significantly less sturdy (that is, as being softer, more finely featured, smaller, and more delicate) than when labeled male. In addition, female students rated the baby as having a better temperament (as being more relaxed, cuddly, easy going, and cheerful) than did males, regardless of gender label. Results suggested that gender of both infant and rater influenced perceptions, but on different dimensions. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12, 1988).