ERIC Number: ED365455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
You're Mean! Differences between Three-Year-Old Boys and Girls in Narratives about Nice and Mean Social Interactions.
Hencke, Rebecca; Raya, Pamela
This study addressed the question of developmental processes underlying gender differences in aggression. Specifically, the study examined stories young children tell about nice or mean social interactions. A total of 100 middle-class 3-year-olds participated in storytelling sessions with trained experimenters. Subjects also completed the Peer Nice and Mean story sequence. The results suggest that enjoyment of and superior performance on stories involving aggression is the developmental norm for 3-year-olds. Although age is the most common source of socialization-induced change, girls appear to appropriate social prohibitions against aggression earlier than boys. Shy, inhibited children may also appropriate these prohibitions at an earlier age than more outgoing children. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (70th, New Orleans, LA, March 25-28, 1993).