Publication Date

1995

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Powlishta, Kimberly K.

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Psychology

LCSH

Sex differences (Psychology) in children||Social interaction in children

Abstract

The play/interaction style theory of gender segregation was investigated in a sample of 39 two- to five-year old children. According to this theory, children prefer playmates with styles of play or interaction that are similar to their own. Because such styles are sex differentiated, same-sex playmate preference (i.e., gender segregation) results. Children were observed during free play to determine preferred playmates and gender segregation level. Teacher ratings were used to derive play/interaction style scores. Gender, participants' play/interaction style scores, playmates' play/interaction style scores, and degree of gender segregation were analyzed for their causal effects on one another using a series of multiple regression equations. The results failed to support the play/interaction style theory.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [69]-73)

Extent

v, 93 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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