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Investigating preschoolers' categorical thinking about gender through imitation, attention, and the use of self-categories

Grace, Diana; David, Barbara; Ryan, Michelle K.


Whereas traditional theories of gender development have focused on individualistic paths, recent analyses have argued for a more social categorical approach to children's understanding of gender. Using a modeling paradigm based on K. Bussey and A. Bandura (1984), 3 experiments (N = 62, N = 32, and N = 64) examined preschoolers' (M age = 52.9 months) imitation of, and memory for, behaviors of same-sex and opposite-sex children and adults. In all experiments, children's imitation of models varied...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Child Development
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01234.x


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