Title

The Child Gender Socialization Scale: A Measure to Compare Traditional and Feminist Parents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Source

Sex Roles

Volume

58

Issue

3-4

Inclusive pages

192-207

DOI

10.1007/s11199-007-9333-y

ISBN/ISSN

03600025

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This paper presents four studies conducted to develop a measure of parents’ attitudes about gendered behaviors in their children. Participants were US college students and community residents. It was expected that scores on the measure would distinguish between parents of sons and daughters, and between parents with traditional and feminist beliefs. To begin, we created a self-report questionnaire consisting of ratings of 84 gender-related behaviors, characteristics, and educational and occupational aspirations for children. Based on factor analysis and other analyses of scale scores to refine the measure, our final measure has 28 items on five scales. In keeping with expectations, the five scales consistently differentiated between boys and girls and/or traditional and feminist parents.

Keywords

child development, gender, socialization, parenting, feminism

Disciplines

Psychology

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