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dc.contributor.authorMeisner, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned2009-05-21T12:35:41Z
dc.date.available2009-05-21T12:35:41Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifierW Thesis 1302
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11040/8395
dc.description37 leaves : ill. (some col.), forms
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliography: leaves 25-27
dc.description.abstractThe goal of the current study is to explore the effects of gender stereotypes in children’s literature on children’s perceptions of appropriate roles, traits, and behaviors. The participants were 27, 3 to 5-year-old students at the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School at Wheaton College. The children participated in three sessions in which they listened to the experimenter read a gender-stereotyped, gender-counter-stereotyped, or genderneutral story. Participants were then asked to assign occupations, activities, and traits to a family of dolls. Items were considered strongly masculine, feminine, or neutral. The study was a quantitative 2 (masculine vs. feminine item) X 3 (condition) repeated measures design. It was hypothesized that children would associate stereotypically feminine items with female dolls and stereotypically masculine items with male dolls but that this tendency would be lower in the counter-stereotypical condition. Children were found to choose fewer stereotypic items in the counter-stereotypic condition, and more counter-stereotypic items than in any other condition. The findings are discussed in terms of their applications to children’s gender development and the importance of recognizing gender norms that are present in children’s literature.en
dc.description.tableofcontentsLiterature review -- Gender in popular children’s literature -- Gender development -- Past studies of gender stereotypes on children -- The present study -- Method -- Participants -- Materials -- Design and procedure -- Results -- Discussion
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherWheaton College ; Norton, Mass.
dc.subjectStereotypes (Social psychology) in literature
dc.subjectJuvenile literature
dc.subjectChildrennulls literature
dc.subjectGender identity
dc.subjectPreschool children
dc.subjectPreschoolers
dc.subjectSex role
dc.subjectWheaton College (Norton, Mass.). Elisabeth Amen Nursery School
dc.subjectUndergraduate research
dc.subjectUndergraduate thesis
dc.subjectCollege publications
dc.subjectAttitudes
dc.subject.lcshPsychological aspects
dc.subject.lcshBooks and reading
dc.titleEffects of gender stereotyped children’s literature on preschool children’s attitudesen
dc.typeThesisen


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