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A cross-cultural study of children’s graphic representations of men- and women-dominated occupations

VIVALDI, Romina and ROSE, Sarah (2024) A cross-cultural study of children’s graphic representations of men- and women-dominated occupations. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. ISSN 0261-510X (In Press)

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Occupational gender stereotypes develop from early age and contribute to occupational gender imbalance. Previous research used questionnaires or interviews to investigate children’s explicit stereotypes and where drawings have been used, mostly men-dominated occupations have been considered. This study used drawings and interviews to assess implicit stereotypes of both men and women-dominated occupations and whether children’s sex, age, and cultural background predicted these stereotypes. Two hundred and forty-three 6-to-7-year-olds and 10-to-11-year-olds in Britain and Argentina-encompassing both Global South and Global North perspectives- drew five human figures: (i) person of their choice, ii) dancer, iii) nanny iv) firefighter and v) pilot). In interviews, children confirmed and justified their gender choices for each drawing. Results indicate gender stereotypes in children from both countries, especially towards women-dominated occupations. Girls exhibited more rigid gender views than boys. These findings suggest widespread and culturally consistent occupational gender stereotypes, potentially limiting children’s future job choices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: age, children, culture, drawings, gender equality
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Romina VIVALDI
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2024 09:24
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2024 04:30

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