Playing vs. Caring: Differential Socialization for Childrearing in Older Adolescents
childrearing, Differential socialization
Early Child Development and Care
Male (N = 69) and female (N = 132) college students rated the extent of their experience at 20 childrearing activities, half of which had been determined to involve play, and half physical care. Subjects also completed a behavioral checklist assessing experience with young children. Males reported significantly lower levels of experience than females (p <. 001), but as expected, sex interacted with behavioral domain (p < 001), with the discrepancy greater on care activities than on play activities. Self-ratings were positively correlated with checklist scores (r =. 71, p <. 001). A factor analysis of rating scores revealed three factors, with play items loading heavily on one factor, and care items loading on the other two factors. Implications for sex differences in interaction style among parents were discussed. © 1988 Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, Inc.
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DOI of published version
Gilpin, Andrew R., "Playing vs. Caring: Differential Socialization for Childrearing in Older Adolescents" (1988). Faculty Publications. 4680.