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ERIC Number: EJ857538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
An Experimental Test of the Effects of Gender Constancy on Sex Typing
Arthur, Andrea E.; Bigler, Rebecca S.; Ruble, Diane N.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v104 n4 p427-446 Dec 2009
This study provides an experimental test of the hypothesis that level of gender constancy understanding affects children's sex typing. Preschool-age children (N = 62, mean age = 47 months) were randomly assigned to experimental lessons that taught that biological traits (including gender) are either fixed (pro-constancy condition) or mutable (anti-constancy condition). Posttests revealed that the lessons were effective; children in the pro-constancy condition showed higher gender constancy and appearance-reality distinction scores than did children in the anti-constancy condition. Sex typing did not, however, differ between treatment conditions at immediate and 3-month posttesting. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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