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ERIC Number: EJ857250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
Children's Evaluations of Gender-Stereotypic Household Activities in the Family Context
Schuette, Christine; Killen, Melanie
Early Education and Development, v20 n4 p693-712 2009
Research Findings: The goal of this study was to analyze children's (N = 120) evaluations about parental decisions regarding gender-stereotypic household family activities. Children at 5, 8, and 10 years of age were individually interviewed. Contrary to prevailing findings, the majority of children used stereotypic expectations and social-conventional justifications to explain parental exclusion decisions; this pattern was more pronounced for male-stereotypic than female-stereotypic activities. Overall, children's social judgments revealed age-related increases in making stereotypic choices. Boys were more likely than girls to condone stereotypic expectations regarding father-son activities than mother-daughter activities. Practice or Policy: The results are discussed in terms of (a) social-cognitive reasoning about family decision making in the home and (b) gender-stereotypic expectations between parents and children in the home context. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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