Henry the nurse is a doctor too: Implicitly examining children's gender stereotypes for male and female occupational roles

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Eagly's social role theory (Eagly and Steffen 1984) was tested examining children's gender role stereotypes via implicit information processing and memory measures. We explored whether children's occupational stereotypes were less restrictive for females who engaged in counterstereotypic occupations (Mary-Doctor) compared to males who engaged in counterstereotypic occupations (Henry-Nurse). Fifty-seven American eight- and nine-year-olds from a southwestern city were orally presented with stereotypic male and female names paired with masculine and feminine occupations and asked to create sentences using the name-occupation pairs. We conducted analyses of the created sentences as well as tested children's memories for the various pairings. Consistent with social role theory, the findings revealed that children's gender role stereotypes were more restrictive for males, than for females. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilbourn, MP; Kee, DW

Published Date

  • May 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 62 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 670 - 683

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2762

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0360-0025

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11199-010-9773-7

Citation Source

  • Scopus