The effects of sex-typed labeling in conjunction with sex-typed modeling upon preschool children's toy preference behavior

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Clyde Robinson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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J. Allen Watson

Abstract: Modeling and labeling are two mechanisms which have been identified as playing an integral part in the development of children's sex-typed interests and activities. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the manner in which young children use these two sources of sex-appropriate information--modeling and labeling--to direct their subsequent preferences for sex-typed and neutral toys. Photographs of two equally attractive toys were presented to 144 three- and four-year-old children. One toy was verbally labeled as appropriate for boys and the other labeled appropriate for girls. Following the labeling procedure, the children viewed on a videotape monitor one of the labeled toys being played with by either a same-age boy or a same-age girl. After the videotape modeling sequence, the children were again shown photographs of the pair of toys and their toy preference behavior was recorded.

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Language: English
Date: 1983
Sex differences (Psychology) in children
Sex role in children
Child psychology

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