Sex Roles

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 435–443

Children's stereotypes about sex differences in emotionality

  • Dana W. Birnbaum
  • T. A. Nosanchuk
  • W. L. Croll
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00287363

Cite this article as:
Birnbaum, D.W., Nosanchuk, T.A. & Croll, W.L. Sex Roles (1980) 6: 435. doi:10.1007/BF00287363

Abstract

In spite of the egalitarian atmosphere of recent years, contemporary preschool children possess pronounced stereotypes about sex differences in emotionality. They associate anger with maleness, but associate happiness, sadness, and fear with femaleness. These stereotypes are similar to those held by adults, but are largely dissimilar to actual sex differences in emotionality. The impact and possible etiology of these stereotypes are discussed.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dana W. Birnbaum
    • 1
  • T. A. Nosanchuk
    • 1
  • W. L. Croll
    • 1
  1. 1.Carleton UniversityCanada
  2. 2.the Department of PsychologyUniversity of Maine at OronoOrono