Sex differences in parental directives to young children

@article{Bellinger1982SexDI,
  title={Sex differences in parental directives to young children},
  author={D. Bellinger and J. B. Gleason},
  journal={Sex Roles},
  year={1982},
  volume={8},
  pages={1123-1139}
}
  • D. Bellinger, J. B. Gleason
  • Published 1982
  • Psychology
  • Sex Roles
  • This study investigated how children learn sex-associated strategies for requesting action. We compared the directives which mothers and fathers address to their 2 1/2- to 5-year-old children. Ten children, 5 boys and 5 girls, engaged separately with each parent in a construction task. Fathers produced more directives than mothers and tended to phrase them as imperatives (e.g., Put the screw in) or as highly indirect “hints” (e.g., The wheel's going to fall off) more often than mothers, who… CONTINUE READING
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