The Developmnet of Gender Differentiation in Youg-Children

Yee, Mia and Brown, Rupert (1994) The Developmnet of Gender Differentiation in Youg-Children. British Journal of Social Psychology, 33 . pp. 183-196. ISSN 0144-6665. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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A sample of 128 boys and girls in four age groups (three, five, seven, nine years) under-took tasks designed to assess their ability to categorize by gender, gender constancy, evaluations of gender groups, and gender discrimination in the allocation of prizes in a task performance setting. Results indicated that all children could categorize accurately by gender although nine-year-olds tended to adopt more complex criteria. Gender constancy increased with age, although not monotonically-seven-year-olds displayed less constancy than five-year-olds. Gender differentiation in attitudes was very marked from five years upwards, and even earlier in girls (both groups viewed their own gender more favourably). This greater own gender favouritism among girls was even clearer in the discrimination task: girls awarded girls' groups more desirable toys even when they had ostensibly performed less well than the boys' group. The boys attended more to performance information. Girls also made more negative comments about boys than vice versa.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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