Navigation Links
Playtime with Parents May Shape Gender Roles

Fathers more assertive, moms more helpful when playing with tots, study shows

WEDNESDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) -- The different ways mothers and fathers play with their child helps shape a toddler's view of what is masculine and what is feminine, new research suggests.

The observation stems from an analysis of videotaped interactions -- shot as part of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care -- from among 80 families living in two small Kansas cities.

The tapes included 15-minute sessions in which the parents played with their child, and 10-minute sessions in which the parents gave their child a snack.

All groupings of interaction were taped, including mother-son, mother-daughter, father-son and father-daughter combinations.

Lead author Eric Lindsey of Penn State Berks and colleagues first observed that the verbal dynamics shifted depending on whether the parent was caregiving or playing with his or her toddler. When feeding their child, the focus of communication was parent-centered, they noted, with children accepting that the parent was in control. But when playing, interactions were more equal and the child was more involved in directing the interaction.

There was very little gender difference seen in the way boys and girls behaved in either context.

However, although parents behaved similarly when care-giving, the behaviors of mothers and fathers differed when at play. Fathers were found to be more assertive, while mothers were more cooperative and helpful.

Such differences are likely to be picked up by children over time and linked by toddlers to gender roles, Lindsey and his team report in the current issue of Sex Roles. Assertiveness is likely to be viewed by youngsters as a male trait, while children end up thinking of compliancy and flexibility as feminine qualities.

"It would appear that children in the same family have different experiences in their play interactions with their mothers and fathers," the authors state in a news release. "Such differences may teach children indirect lessons about gender roles and reinforced gender-typed patterns of behavior that they then carry into contexts outside of the family."

The findings were published online June 10 in the journal Sex Roles.

More information

Fore more on parenting and gender roles, try the National Crime Prevention Council.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCE:Sex Roles, June 10, 2010, news release.

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Parents Ill-Informed About Kids Concussion Risks
2. Pediatricians can help parents recognize overweight preschoolers
3. First-time parents daily sleep duration predicts their relationship satisfaction
4. “Toby Visits Mommy” -- A Great Book for Children and Parents
5. ADHD linked to low maternal education, lone parents and welfare benefits
6. Parents Want Electronic Access to Their Childrens Docs: Survey
7. An Autistic Child Doesnt Mean Parents Will Divorce
8. Children with epilepsy say their quality of life is better than their parents think
9. Facebook Group for McNeil Product Recall Organizes Letter Writing Campaign – Urges Concerned Parents to Contact House of Representatives and Senators
10. Teen girls talk more to parents about their dating habits than do boys
11. New Study Shows Parents How to Increase Their Kid's Success in Reading
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Playtime with Parents May Shape Gender Roles
(Date:11/29/2015)... ... November 29, 2015 , ... Effective immediately, every single ... addition starting on Black Friday Target is offering a “Buy One Scrub Set, Get ... a rare opportunity to purchase IguanaMed at a discounted price. , IguanaMed’s ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... San Diego, California (PRWEB) , ... November 28, ... ... cloud-based medical image exchange technology and teleradiology services, has added Chris Hafey and ... prepares to exhibit at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 Annual ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... November 28, 2015 , ... Trying to relax on a couch can ... "I conceived of this design due to personal experience with a bad back," he ... relaxation and convenience, as well as increases support. It also makes it easier to ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... November 28, 2015 , ... Pixel ... fully customizable media panels to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Users have full ... more. With the ProPanel: Pulse masking effects, users are sure to get heads to ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... According to an article published November ... meeting in Washington D.C. revolved around the fact that proper dental care, both at-home ... stressed the link between periodontal disease (more commonly referred to as gum disease) and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the addition of the  "2016 ... the Global Cell Surface Testing Market: ... report to their offering.  --> ... addition of the  "2016 Future Horizons ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... --> adds "Global ... and "Investigation Report on China Repaglinide ... 2021 forecasts data and information to ... . --> ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... DUBLIN , Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the addition of the "Global ... to their offering. --> ... "Global Brain Monitoring Devices Market 2015-2019" ... Research and Markets ( ) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: