ERIC Number: ED360089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
A Study of Stereotyping of Infants and Toddlers.
Snoddy, Vickie; And Others
To examine parental sex stereotyping of young children, a study was undertaken in spring 1993 of 59 parents and caregivers and their infant and toddler children at child care centers and schools in Arkansas. Interviews and observations were conducted of the parents/caregivers, focusing on the types of toys bought for children, the toys that the family encouraged children to play with, views on allowing children to play with toys traditionally associated with the opposite sex, feelings about names used for both boys and girls (i.e., Jamie, Kelly, etc.), the importance of showing males and females in traditional and/or non-traditional roles, and willingness to fill non-traditional roles at home, although the spouse might perform them better, to provide a model for children. Study findings included the following: (1) 68% of the parents bought toys considered traditional for the child's gender, while 2% bought gender-neutral toys; (2) 75% of the parents' families encouraged children to play with traditional toys, 2% with toys considered non-traditional, and 20% with educational toys; (3) 76% of the parents thought that children should be allowed to play with non-traditional toys; (4) names used for both sexes were disliked by 41% of the parents, citing the possibility of teasing by other children; (5) 37% thought it was important for children to see males and females in traditional roles, 25% in non-traditional, and 32% in both; and (6) 39% were willing to perform a non-traditional task they might not normally perform to provide a model for their children. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Early Childhood Association (44th, Biloxi, MS, March 23-27, 1993).