Effects Of Adolescent Family Structure On Gender Role Attitudes

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K. Jill Kiecolt and Alan C. Acock did a study in which they examined the effects of adolescent family structure on gender-role attitudes (1988). They performed a multiple regression to test for the effects of family type, mother’s employment and education level, and social status. They found that men and women who did not live in a traditional household, meaning they only lived with their mother following a divorce, held a more egalitarian attitude towards women than people that came from intact traditional families (Kiecolt and Acock 1988). While this study did not prove that gender-role attitudes are directly related to parents’ gender roles, it did prove that the family structure itself is responsible for the way people choose to view gender within their own adulthood. A opposed to Kiecolt and Acock, Emily Shafer examined parents’ beliefs about traditional gender roles rather than examining children’s’ views. The study found that having a daughter versus having a son causes dads to reduce their views for traditional gender roles. Nonetheless, having a girl has no effect among women (Shafer 2011). Adults use gender in forming different impressions of children. These include adults being more encouraging of motor activities and rough play for boys. Another study shows that there are differences in parental socialization by gender of the child (Albert and Porter 1998). One example of this is the way in which parents choose different sex appropriated toys for their sons or…

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