Sex Roles

, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp 637–645 | Cite as

Children's responses to stories with male and female characters

  • Jane Marantz Connor
  • Lisa A. Serbin


The sex of the main character was varied in six children's stories which were then read by fourth, sixth and eighth graders. The children answered four questions about the stories. Both boys and girls responded more positively to the questions “Would you like to be (character's name?)” and “Would you like to do the things (character's name) did?” when the main character was a male. Boys preferred stories about males, and this preference increased with grade level. A preference for stories about females was marginally significant only for the older girls. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.


Social Psychology Grade Level Practical Implication Eighth Grader Main Character 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Marantz Connor
    • 1
  • Lisa A. Serbin
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentState University of New York at BinghamtonBinghamton

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