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ERIC Number: EJ1209029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Too Pretty for Homework: Sexualized Gender Stereotypes Predict Academic Attitudes for Gender-Typical Early Adolescent Girls
Nelson, Andrew A.; Brown, Christia Spears
Journal of Early Adolescence, v39 n4 p603-617 Apr 2019
Sexualized gender stereotypes (SGS) are commonly endorsed by adolescent girls. These stereotypes include the notion that girls can enhance their social status by prioritizing their sexualized attractiveness, which necessitates downplaying other traits such as intelligence. According to the stereotype emulation hypothesis, a girl will be more likely to "emulate" SGS if she also identifies as a typical girl. Based on this hypothesis, the current study examined the relationship between girls' SGS endorsement and their academic motivations, beliefs, and motivations--and whether this relationship was moderated by gender typicality. Girls (N = 99), aged 11 years to 14 years (Mean[subscript age] = 12.4 years, SD = 0.57 years), completed a survey assessing their academic outcomes, SGS endorsement, and gender typicality. As hypothesized, results indicated that higher endorsement of SGS was generally associated with maladaptive academic outcomes, and this association was the strongest for highly gender-typical girls. Theoretical and educational implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Patterns of Adaptive Learning Survey