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Gender Perceptions Of Children and Their Effects On Occupational
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This research examined the extent to which fourth and sixth grade students subscribe to gender stereotypes, if these stereotypes increase or decrease with age, and if these stereotypes have any effect on their future occupational choices.  The participants were 44 fourth grade students and 34 sixth grade students from an elementary school in Auburn, New Hampshire.  The children completed the Sex Stereotype Measure II, the Occupational Preference Scale, and the Sex Stereotype Measure Modified.  The results show that all of the children hold high gender stereotypes, but that boys embrace them more than girls do.  The findings also suggest that children who embrace traditional gender stereotypes will also choose occupations consistent with those stereotypes.

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