ERIC Number: EJ812826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Children's and Adolescents' Developing Perceptions of Gender Inequality
Neff, Kristin D.; Cooper, Carey E.; Woodruff, Althea L.
Social Development, v16 n4 p682-699 Nov 2007
Two studies examined children's and adolescents' developing perceptions of gender inequality. The first study examined perceptions of inequality among 272 early, middle, and late adolescents, focusing on the spheres of politics, business, and the home. Results indicated an age-related increase in perceptions of male dominance. Men were seen to have more power and status in politics than in business whereas relative equality was seen to exist in the home. The second study included 96 child and adolescent participants aged 7-15 and once again found an increase in general perceptions of male dominance with age. Results suggest that young children are less explicitly aware of gender inequality than might be assumed given their extensive knowledge of power-loaded gender-role stereotypes.
Descriptors: Stereotypes, Sex Role, Attitude Measures, Gender Issues, Gender Bias, Early Adolescents, Late Adolescents, Adolescents, Age Differences, Political Issues, Family Environment, Business, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Social Bias, Children
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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