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Young childrens attitudes toward cross-gender typed toys were measured in this experiment Due to the fact that children are receptive to societal pressures at a young age two experiments were conducted to test whether or not gender specific toys influenced both boys and girls In the first experiment conducted children received task related gender typed information task unrelated information or no gender information at all In the second experiment however the children were asked their opinions of cross- sex gendered play toys thus measuring the amount of preconceived ideas held by these pre-adolescents The results conclude that pre-adolescent boys are more likely to be influenced by gender stereotypes as well as by the perception of others that a toy is sex specific 1 Stereotyping Developed During Pre-Adolescence is based on Social Interactions Among Specific Age Groups and Their Perceived Affiliations Children both boys and girls appear to be aware of at a young age what is suitable behavior and expected play toys for each sex Children rely on self-evaluative reactions feelings one has about oneself as a consequence of behavior in predicting gender-related behaviors Bussey Bandura 1992 It has been found that children are influenced by peoples reactions to gender-typed play Raag 1999 Specifically boys who perceive that social constraints are being applied to them are more likely to refrain from opposite sex-typed toy play Raag1999 Two studies were used to investigate whether or not children are affected by the social constraints placed on male and female toys as well as whether or not these ideas affected the amount of time given to each toy Study 1 involved the observation of children interacting with supposed male and female toys Three groups of children ranging in age from 8-11 years old were given different information by the experimenter as to the gender type of the toys They were then observed in the playroom for five minutes Because the study was designed to examine
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