Sex Roles

, Volume 23, Issue 5–6, pp 281–289 | Cite as

Nicknames and sex role stereotypes

  • Betty S. Phillips


Since nicknames are a very fluid component of language, they become a useful tool for revealing current sex role stereotypes. A study of 380 nicknames collected from 175 young women and men ages 14–19 shows that males assign most nicknames and males receive more names based on surnames; also, connotations of strength, largeness, hardness, and maturity are typical of male nicknames. For female nicknames, physical attributes are more important, and connotations are typically of beauty, pleasantness, kindness, and goodness. Nicknames do not reflect much difference in activity, however, a quality that in earlier studies is associated predominantly with males.


Young Woman Social Psychology Fluid Component Role Stereotype 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Betty S. Phillips
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  1. 1.Indiana State UniversityUSA

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