Title

Adults’ attitudes toward childhood gender nonconformity

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

4-2010

Conference Name

Midwestern Psychological Association

Conference Location

Chicago

Source of Publication

http://www.midwesternpsych.org/meeting/archives/2010/OnlineProgramBook2010.pdf

Abstract

The current study examines attitudes about outcomes associated with childhood gender nonconformity. Participants (n=518) were presented with one of ten vignettes and completed a 50-item online questionnaire. Each vignette contained either a male or female child character who varied in gender-related interests and behaviors from strongly masculine to strongly feminine. Results indicated that participants thought interests and behaviors were reliably but not strongly related to the potential of psychopathology in childhood and adulthood. Interests and behaviors were also thought to be predictive of sexual orientation, particularly for strongly feminine male characters. Participants also thought that gender-nonconforming characters would be likely to experience pressure to change.

Keywords

gender development

Disciplines

Psychology

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