Sex Roles

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 43–47 | Cite as

Measures of play behavior: The influence of sex-role stereotyped children's books

  • Eleanor Ashton


Preschool children significantly more often chose a sex-stereotypic toy following exposure to a sex-stereotypic children's book. Conversely, boys and girls exposed to a nonstereotypic book significantly more often selected a nonstereotypic toy. Boys and girls individually played with stereotypic male, female, and neutral toys; each child was then read a sex-role stereotypic or nonstereotypic picture book; another play session followed. Measures of visual regard and manipulation were applied to the observed play behavior of 32 preschool children to determine the significance of the findings.


Social Psychology Preschool Child Picture Book Play Behavior Play Session 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleanor Ashton
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  1. 1.Department of Early Childhood/Elementary EducationWorcester State CollegeUSA

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