Interrelations of gender schemas in children and adolescents: Attitudes, preferences, and self-perceptions

Margaret L. Signorella, Irene Hanson Frieze

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Abstract

To test developmental aspects of gender schema theories, girls in grades 2 to 12 were given measures of gender role attitudes, self-perceptions on gender related traits, reported participation in gender related activities, preferred occupation, and adult family preferences. Both children's and adolescents' results showed a multifactor structure. Children's results differed from adolescents' in that children had more measures showing significant age trends, with a general pattern of decreasing stereotyping with age. Children also had stronger associations among diverse measures than did adolescents. Results were consistent with both multifactorial and cognitive-developmental approaches to the development of gender schemas, and provided limited support for adolescent gender intensification hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)941-953
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Volume36
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 5 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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