Adults’ attitudes toward childhood gender nonconformity
Midwestern Psychological Association
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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.
Rachel N. Thomas and Judith Elaine Blakemore (2010).
Adults’ attitudes toward childhood gender nonconformity. http://www.midwesternpsych.org/meeting/archives/2010/OnlineProgramBook2010.pdf.Presented at Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.