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Sex-Role Stereotyping in Preschool Children's Picture Books

Richard Kolbe and Joseph C. La Voie
Social Psychology Quarterly
Vol. 44, No. 4 (Dec., 1981), pp. 369-374
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3033906
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Sex-Role Stereotyping in Preschool Children's Picture Books
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Abstract

Changes in female sex-role stereotyping since the Weitzman et al. (1972) review of the Caldecott children's book selections are assessed in this study. The 19 Caldecott medal and honor book selections from 1972 to 1979 are examined for the presence of sexism in terms of ratio of female to male pictures and characters in the book, sex of the main character, inclusion of females in the book, and sex-role portrayal and characterization. The analyses show that while the ratio of female pictures and characters had improved considerably since 1972, role portrayal and characterization had not changed. These results are discussed in terms of the impact of symbolic modeling and the resistance of cultural values to the introduction of egalitarian sex roles.

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