ERIC Number: ED359576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-14
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Deaf Children's Sex-Role Stereotypes as a Function of Language Ability.
Lewkowicz, Corinne J.; Liben, Lynn S.
To examine the link between deaf children's language abilities and their knowledge of, attitudes toward, and self-endorsements of cultural gender stereotypes, 46 deaf children between the ages of 5 and 12 years were given measures of gender-related attitudes, knowledge, and self-interests. Teachers were asked to rate children's ability with signed and oral communication and their relative reliance on the two systems. Results showed that deaf children are highly knowledgeable regarding cultural gender stereotypes from an early age, and that this knowledge is independent of language ability. Findings also suggest that gender-related attitudes develop independently of language ability. Language ability is, however, related to deaf children's gender-related self-endorsements, in that those children rated as having lower language abilities were more likely to endorse masculine occupations and activities. Further research should explore the possibility that linguistic ability is important in the dissolution of stereotypes, and should consider the relative contributions of verbal and nonverbal sources to gender stereotypes. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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