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

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

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: play; gender differences; intervention.
Journal or Publication Title: Sex Roles
Page Range: pp. 371-386
ISSN: 0360-0025
Additional Information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:20
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/1632
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