The relationship between parental androgyny and early child-rearing attitudes and behaviors

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Carol McLester Hobson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Mary Elizabeth Keister

Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to assess the relation between child-rearing attitudes and practices and three independent variables: 1) sex of parent; 2) sex of child; and 3) sex-role orientation of parent. Two copies of the Bern Sex-Role Inventory were distributed to approximately 600 parents of children aged four to seven. Parents who returned the two sex-role inventories (one on themselves and one on their idealized child) were then asked to complete the Child-Rearing Practices Report which is a Q-Sort procedure. Thirty-nine parents completed the Q-Sort in a group setting and 80 parents completed it in their homes. Forty parents also completed 15 games of ticktacktoe with their child. These games were tape-recorded and were rated for competitiveness, nurturance, and punitiveness. Twenty-eight sex-typed fathers and 34 sex-typed mothers were identified on the basis of the Bern Sex-Role Inventory for a total of 62 sex-typed parents. Fourteen androgynous fathers and 10 androgynous mothers were identified for a total of 24 androgynous parents. Fifty-two sex-typed parents accurately completed the CRPR and 23 androgynous parents accurately completed the CRPR. Twenty-one sex-typed parents and 10 androgynous parents were rated for competitiveness, nurturance, and punitiveness.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1977
Sex role
Parent and child
Child rearing
Androgyny (Psychology)

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