Gender-based assumptions about toy selection have been present in children for many years. Boys play with trucks and pretend to be doctors, while girls play with dolls and play house. The participants in the present study were college and elementary students. The 20 toys were labeled by the college students as masculine, feminine, or neutral. The college students' results determined the classification of each toy so that the elementary students' results could be compared to a standard classification. Then, the elementary students labeled the toys as for a boy, girl, or both. The elementary students chose tools and trucks for boys, dolls and tea sets for girls, and computers for both. The gender-based assumptions were present in children as young as four years old, and they still seemed to exist in the college-age students as well.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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"The Effects of Gender-Based Assumptions on Children's Toy Selection,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 2:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol2/iss1/5