Cultural Underpinnings of Gender Development: Studying Gender Among Children of Immigrants

Kingsley M. Schroeder, Mayra Y. Bámaca-Colbert

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Abstract

This article addresses the historical divide between gender development researchers and developmental researchers working with immigrant populations, advocating for the benefits gained by bridging research approaches and interests. For gender researchers, the immigrant context allows for the examination of how children embedded in multiple cultures navigate the potentially conflicting information about appropriate gendered behaviors and attitudes. Furthermore, research focusing on immigrant development can move beyond examining gender differences and benefit from understanding the ways in which gender differences develop. This bridging seems particularly relevant in middle childhood, given (a) the exposure to multiple contexts which increase the salience of cultural differences between home and outside-of-home environments and (b) greater awareness and internalization of collective identities (i.e., gender, ethnicity).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1005-1015
Number of pages11
JournalChild development
Volume90
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Cultural Underpinnings of Gender Development : Studying Gender Among Children of Immigrants. / Schroeder, Kingsley M.; Bámaca-Colbert, Mayra Y.

In: Child development, Vol. 90, No. 4, 01.07.2019, p. 1005-1015.

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