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Examining Adolescent Daughters' and their Parents' Implicit Math-Gender Stereotypes

Examining Adolescent Daughters' and their Parents' Implicit Math-Gender Stereotypes

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Title: Examining Adolescent Daughters' and their Parents' Implicit Math-Gender Stereotypes
Author: Lapytskaia, Christina
Abstract: Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields, and research suggests that math-gender stereotypes may be a contributing factor. In the present research I examined daughters and parents implicit math-gender stereotypes during an important developmental period for career-related decisions: late adolescence. Participants (N=415) included adolescent girls (N=185, Mage=17) and at least one parent (N=230, Mage =49). Implicit math-gender stereotyping was measured using an IAT (Greenwald et al., 1998), and explicit stereotyping, math attitudes and math ability were measured using self-reports. Daughters and parents demonstrated significant implicit and explicit stereotyping, but no relationship emerged between daughters and either parents math-gender stereotypes. Moreover, parents math stereotyping did not predict their daughters math attitudes or ability. However, daughters math attitudes and ability were predicted by their own implicit and explicit stereotyping. These findings highlight the importance of challenging math-gender stereotypes across development.
Subject: Social psychology
Keywords: STEM
Math-gender stereotypes
Implicit and explicit stereotypes
Math attitudes
Parent-child relationships
Adolescent academic preferences
Implicit association test
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35485
Supervisor: Steele, Jennifer
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Psychology (Functional Area: Social and Personality)
Exam date: 2018-06-22
Publish on: 2018-11-21

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