Gender Differences in Mother-toddler and Father-toddler Verbal Initiations and Responses during a Caregiving and Play Context

Eric W. Lindsey, Penny R. Cremeens, Yvonne M. Caldera

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Abstract

Contextual variations in mother-child and father-child verbal communication were examined among 80 U.S. families from Kansas who were predominately Caucasian (85%) and middle-class. There were 41 girls and 39 boys between 15- and 18-months-old observed with their mothers and fathers in separate play and caregiving laboratory situations. Parent and child behaviors were coded for verbal initiation and response strategies. MANOVA's revealed more differences between mother's and father's verbal communication strategies in the play context than the caregiving context. Boy's and girl's verbal communication was relatively similar across contexts. The interactions between gender and context are discussed in relation to gender role development in the family.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-411
Number of pages13
JournalSex Roles
Volume63
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Contextual differences
  • Gender role development
  • Parent-child
  • Verbal communication

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