Associations between parental gendered attitudes and behaviours and children's gender development across middle childhood

Dawson, Anneka, Pike, Alison and Bird, Lauren (2016) Associations between parental gendered attitudes and behaviours and children's gender development across middle childhood. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 13 (4). pp. 452-471. ISSN 1740-5629

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Abstract

The present study used a longitudinal, multi-informant approach to examine which specific elements of parents’ gendered attitudes and behaviours were predictive of multiple dimensions of children’s gender development. One hundred and six families with two children (older sibling M = 7.45 years and younger sibling M = 5.19 years at Time 1) were assessed at two time points four to five years apart. At Time 1, parents reported on division of household labour, their own gender-role attitudes (GRAs), and children’s gendered preferences. At Time 2, children reported on their gendered preferences, GRAs and gendered personality traits. Results from multilevel modelling showed that fathers’ egalitarian GRA and egalitarian division of household tasks were predictive of egalitarian child GRA and outcomes, but child sex did not moderate these relationships. As some gender measures were more strongly correlated than others, these findings highlight the importance of examining multiple dimensions of both children’s and parents’ gendered attitudes and behaviours.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Alison Pike
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 13:34
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 01:35
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/64879

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