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Gender Issues

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 87-101

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Jocks, nerds, babes and thugs: A research note on regional differences in adolescent gender norms

  • J. Jill SuitorAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, Louisiana State University Email author 
  • , Rebecca S. CarterAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, Louisiana State University

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Abstract

We use data from 1,755 college students to explore regional differences in adolescent gender norms. Students attending four Northern universities and three Southern universities during the 1997–1998 academic year provided information on the ways that adolescents in their high schools had gained prestige with peers. The analyses revealed significant gender differences on fourteen of the fifteen most common avenues to prestige. Leading avenues to prestige for boys—sports, grades, and intelligence—did not vary by region. Leading avenues to prestige for girls—physical attractiveness, grades, and intelligence—also did not vary by region. However, consistent with the stronger emphasis on traditional moral views generally found in the South than the North, regional differences were found for several other avenues to prestige.