Gender-Stereotyped Imagined Dates and Weight Concerns in Sixth-Grade Girls

Gender-Stereotyped Imagined Dates and Weight Concerns in Sixth-Grade Girls In the current study we used both quantitative and qualitative methods in a sample of sixth-grade girls in order to investigate the relationship between girls' concerns with weight and their adherence to gender-stereotyped roles as assessed by their scripts for an imagined date. Girls who had previous dating experience did not differ from those who did not in their adherence to gender stereotypes of dating. As hypothesized, girls who endorsed a gender-stereotyped perspective of dating in their scripts expressed significantly greater concern with their weight than did girls who endorsed a non-gender-stereotyped perspective of dating. The findings highlight the influence of holding a stereotyped view of gender roles on dissatisfaction with body weight during adolescence. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

Gender-Stereotyped Imagined Dates and Weight Concerns in Sixth-Grade Girls

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1023/B:SERS.0000023071.02856.89
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Abstract

In the current study we used both quantitative and qualitative methods in a sample of sixth-grade girls in order to investigate the relationship between girls' concerns with weight and their adherence to gender-stereotyped roles as assessed by their scripts for an imagined date. Girls who had previous dating experience did not differ from those who did not in their adherence to gender stereotypes of dating. As hypothesized, girls who endorsed a gender-stereotyped perspective of dating in their scripts expressed significantly greater concern with their weight than did girls who endorsed a non-gender-stereotyped perspective of dating. The findings highlight the influence of holding a stereotyped view of gender roles on dissatisfaction with body weight during adolescence.

Journal

Sex RolesSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 18, 2004

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