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Aspects of Young Children's Perceptions of Gender-Typed Occupations

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Perceived competencies of men and women in gender-typed occupations, perceptions about how much money men and women earn in gender-typed occupations, and affective reactions regarding growing up to have gender-typed occupations were examined in 55 primarily White middle-class preschoolers and primary school children. Children (particularly boys) viewed men as more competent than women in masculine occupations, and rated women as more competent than men in feminine occupations. Children believed men earned more than women across occupations, but that men earned more money than women in masculine occupations, and women earned more money than men in feminine occupations. Children's affective reactions to growing up to have gender-role-consistent occupations were more positive than their reactions to having gender-role-inconsistent occupations. Results suggest children perceive differential competencies of men and women regarding gender-typed occupations, and differences in pay for men and women within gender-typed occupations, at ages younger than previously determined.

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Levy, G.D., Sadovsky, A.L. & Troseth, G.L. Aspects of Young Children's Perceptions of Gender-Typed Occupations. Sex Roles 42, 993–1006 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007084516910

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  • Young Child
  • Social Psychology
  • Primary School
  • School Child
  • Primary School Child