Parents' stereotypes are reinforcing male dominance, says study author

'Children can pick up on parents who endorse gender stereotypes even at a very low level', says professor

Children can pick up on gender stereotypes, says professor

Friday, January 27, 2017

Children can pick up on parents who endorse gender stereotypes even at a very low level, says the author of a new study on the subkect.

Girls as young as six typically believe that brilliance is a male trait, according to the study by researchers at New York University. 

Co-author of the research Andrei Cimpian told Yasmeen Khan: "We saw [the results] as the beginning of what adults in our society believe, which is [that] there’s a strong association between being brilliant and being male.

“American parents were googling 'is my son a genius' about twice as often as 'is my daughter a genius.' The fact that people still endorse, at some level, some of these attitudes, combined with children’s sensitivity, can still lead children to pick up on some of these ideas.

“[The] beginning [of] elementary school is the time when children definitely leave the home and spend the majority of their waking hours in the real world. Around this age we see emergences of these stereotypes."

Listen to the full interview above