Date of Award
Master of Science in Psychology
In order to understand how children develop gender stereotypes, research needs to be conducted regarding parent's beliefs about gender differences and gender expectations. This is because while there may be other environmental factors involved, parents still have powerful influence on their children. Gender identification starts early. Children learn that this is the way males or females are supposed to behave. Parents may shape and influence a child's beliefs concerning feminine and masculine identities even from the very first moments of a child's life.
Pham, Ngoc Thuy, "Sex stereotypes: A comparison of Hispanic and Caucasian mother's expectations and wishes" (2003). Theses Digitization Project. 4342.