The development of classificatory skills and sex-trait stereotypes in children Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Glucocorticoids
  • Signal Transduction

abstract

  • The development of knowledge of sex-trait stereotypes was related to changes in classification skills during childhood. Children of 4, 6, and 8 years of age were tested for knowledge of sex-trait stereotypes on the Williams, Bennett, and Best measure; ability to reclassify sex-traits; and on measures of consistent sorting and reclassification. Knowledge of sex-trait stereotypes improved with age and with performance on the consistent sorting task. Subjects who were able to recognize that sex traits are manifested by persons of both genders were older and more likely to pass measures of nonsocial reclassification. Claims that some males manifest feminine behavior did not change with age. The findings suggest that at first, traits are classified as stereotypical of a gender category; but with increasing cognitive level, these traits become less stereotypical of gender. © 1984 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

publication date

  • February 1984

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF00287781

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 281

end page

  • 292

volume

  • 10

number

  • 3-4