Children's stereotypes about sex differences in emotionality
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- Birnbaum, D.W., Nosanchuk, T.A. & Croll, W.L. Sex Roles (1980) 6: 435. doi:10.1007/BF00287363
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.