Mothers' and fathers' behaviors toward the toy play of their infant sons and daughters

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The sex-typed toy play of 10-, 14-, and 18-month-old infants and their parents' behaviors toward their activities were observed during a laboratory play session. Girls were more likely to play with and offer dolls to parents than boys at all ages. Mothers and fathers treated sons and daughters very similarly. However, the sex and the age of the infant affected parental behaviors toward children's toy play. The data suggest that, contrary to previous claims regarding fathers as the chief sex role socialization agents, mothers and fathers may be equally involved in the socialization of sons and daughters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalSex Roles
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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