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Friday, April 26 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Parental Gender Beliefs and Attitudes Involving Child’s Toy Play

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Parental Gender Beliefs and Attitudes Involving Child’s Toy Play
Amelia DuBose
Faculty mentor: Tsu-Ming Chiang
Georgia College & State University

Parental gender beliefs play a major role in forming gender identities. A study found that children raised by single mothers had less gender-typed knowledge and had more of an androgynous view during play time. This study aims to explore parental beliefs and attitudes in endorsing gender related behaviors and toys in relation to the sex of their child. The data was collected from preschool programs in the Southeastern US. Over 50 parents with children aged 3-5 years old filled out a parental survey to endorse a list of activities they are comfortable for their child to engage in. Parental explicit attitudes about what toys they would purchase for their children were compared with their attitude about what toys they were comfortable having their child play with. Results showed parents were more likely to reinforce male children with masculine toys. Implications will be discussed at conference.
Amelia DuBose is from Thomasville, Georgia. She is a junior psychology major planning to pursue a master’s degree in either clinical psychology or school psychology.


Friday April 26, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
HSB 314