Children’s reasoning about unequal gender‐based distributions

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Children ages 7, 9, 11 and adults judged distributions of different items to boys and girls, when the items distributed varied by type (related or unrelated to gender norms) and equivalency (equivalent or unequal). Distributions were judged to be acceptable most when the items were consistent with gender norms, especially for participants at ages 7 and 9. Items were judged to be more likable when they were gendered, and this judgment predicted more positive evaluations of the distributions, even when controlling for age.

Social Development, 28 (2)
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Clare Conry-Murray
Associate Professor of Psychology

My research interests include social development, including moral development, gender development and culture.