Sex Roles

, Volume 24, Issue 7–8, pp 511–524 | Cite as

Traditionality of children's interests as related to their parents' gender stereotypes and traditionality of occupations

  • Azy Barak
  • Shoshana Feldman
  • Ayelet Noy


This study tested the common hypothesis that parents' gender stereotypes, maternal employment status, and the traditionality of parents' occupations, are associated with the traditionality of children's vocational interests. The traditionality of preschool children's (n=113) interests was examined by an instrument developed for the current study. Parents were administered the Attitudes toward Women Scale, and traditionality of their occupations was assessed. Only the traditionality of the mothers' occupations significantly correlated with the traditionality of the interests of both boys and girls. Other variables tested, as well as their interactions, were not found to show such relationships. The results were discussed in terms of the function of the role model in gender identity development and vocational schema modification.


Social Psychology Employment Status Role Model Preschool Child Gender Identity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Azy Barak
    • 1
  • Shoshana Feldman
    • 1
  • Ayelet Noy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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