Sex role satisfaction among Australian children: some sex, age and cultural group comparisons

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Title Sex role satisfaction among Australian children: some sex, age and cultural group comparisons
Author Homel, Ross; Burns, A
Journal Name Psychology of Women Quarterly
Year Published 1986
Place of publication USA
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc
Abstract Children's satisfaction with being a member of their own sex was explored within two Australian samples. In a national sample of 2,268 children, grades 1–6, trends were similar to those reported in the United States. Girls were less satisfied with their sex role than boys, and older girls were more dissatisfied than younger girls. The most frequent reason girls offered for dissatisfaction with their sex was restriction of sports opportunities. In a smaller sample of 9-11-year-olds (133 boys, 146 girls), chosen to include adequate representation of children of non-Anglo immigrants, it was found that while Anglo-Australian girls were less satisfied with their sex role than boys, non-Anglo girls were just as satisfied as the boys. The non-Anglo girls were no higher in global satisfaction with themselves or with their lives in general than other children. They were, however, less likely to offer self-definitions that included sports abilities and interests. While non-Anglo parents observed a stronger public/private division of labor in certain childcare activities, this difference was not associated with children's satisfaction with their sex role. However, across the entire sample, children's sex-role satisfaction was associated with parents' division of labor on two tasks on which cultural groups did not differ—disciplining and comforting.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-6402.1986.tb00754.x
Volume 10
Page from 285
Page to 296
ISSN 0361-6843
Date Accessioned 2009-12-03; 2012-05-10T22:40:56Z
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/45049
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1a

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