ERIC Number: ED473815
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-8
Parental Gender Typing of Toys and Play Behaviors.
Leonard, Robin; Clements, Andrea D.
This study investigated whether there is a difference in the number of toys that male and female parents assign as appropriate for a particular gender. It was expected that fathers would be more restrictive in their categorization of toys to one gender or the other. A measure of gender typing of toys or play behaviors was sent to both parents of 446 elementary school children, of which 172 were returned: 51 from fathers, 121 from mothers. Responses indicated that males and females differed little when categorizing toys and activities as intended for boys or either gender, but many more males than females categorized toys as intended only for girls. This finding supports the hypothesis that male parents are more restrictive in their categorization of toys and play behaviors. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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