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The variability and flexibility of gender-typed toy-play: A close look at children's behavioural responses to counter-stereotypic models

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Green, VA and Bigler, R and Catherwood, D, The variability and flexibility of gender-typed toy-play: A close look at children's behavioural responses to counter-stereotypic models, Sex Roles, 51, (7/8) pp. 371-386. ISSN 0360-0025 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/B:SERS.0000049227.05170.aa

Abstract

Gender differences in play behavior are well documented. However, little work has examined the issue of variability of gender-typed behaviors within individuals or within genders. We investigated whether children's gender-typed toy play behavior is (a) variable across time within individuals, and (b) variable in response to exposure to counterstereotypic models. Extensive observations (N = 203) were made of 8 highly gender-typed preschool children over 4 months. Variability was assessed by examining changes in the percentage of masculine and feminine toy play across successive days in which (a) gender neutral stories were read (within-individual variability) and (b) gender counterstereotypic stories were introduced (environmental variability). Variability of gender-typed play within individuals and in response to environmental stimuli was found among girls, but not among boys. © 2004 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Author:Green, VA (Dr Vanessa Green)
ID Code:39238
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2007-10-11
Last Modified:2007-10-11
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