Gender Discriminatory Behavior during Adolescence and Young Adulthood: A Developmental Analysis

Journal of Youth and Adolescence, V. 33, No.6, December 2004

12 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2016

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Thalma Lobel

Tel Aviv University, Department of Psychology

Nohar Nov-Krispin

Tel Aviv University, Department of Psychology

Daniela Schiller

tel Aviv University, Department of Psychology

Orly Lobel

University of San Diego School of Law

Amit Feldman

Tel Aviv University, Department of Psychology

Date Written: December 1, 2004

Abstract

The study investigated gender discriminatory behavior from a developmental perspective by examining 3 age groups: early adolescents, late adolescents, and young adults. In addition the study investigated the relationship between self-perception of traditionally masculine and feminine characteristics and gender discriminatory behavior across these 3 age groups. We predicted that due to gender intensification and conformity, that are characteristics of adolescence, adolescents would evidence greater gender discriminatory behavior than young adults. Early and late adolescent males and young adult males (n = 3233) were given a description of either an average or outstanding male candidate behaving stereotypically or counter-stereotypically and were asked to indicate their personal election choice, the likelihood that others would choose each candidate and how successful he would be should he be elected. They were also asked to indicate their affinity and perceived similarity to the candidate. In addition, they completed an adapted form of the BSRI [Bem (1974). J. Consult. Clin. Psychol. 42: 155–162], measuring their self-perception of traditionally masculine and feminine characteristics. As predicted, adolescents exhibited greater discriminatory behavior than young adults. No differences were found between the 2 stages of adolescence. In addition, feminine males evidenced less discriminatory behavior towards the counter-stereotypic male than the other gender role groups. The results are discussed within the framework of developmental changes.

Keywords: Gender Discriminatory Behavior, Gender Role, Young Adulthood, Adolescence, Gender Sterotypes

Suggested Citation

Lobel, Thalma and Nov-Krispin, Nohar and Schiller, Daniela and Lobel, Orly and Feldman, Amit, Gender Discriminatory Behavior during Adolescence and Young Adulthood: A Developmental Analysis (December 1, 2004). Journal of Youth and Adolescence, V. 33, No.6, December 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2870080

Thalma Lobel

Tel Aviv University, Department of Psychology ( email )

Ramat Aviv
Tel-Aviv, 6997801
Israel

Nohar Nov-Krispin

Tel Aviv University, Department of Psychology

Ramat Aviv
Tel-Aviv, 6997801
Israel

Daniela Schiller

tel Aviv University, Department of Psychology

Ramat Aviv
Tel-Aviv, 6997801
Israel

Orly Lobel (Contact Author)

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

HOME PAGE: http://home.sandiego.edu/%7Elobel/

Amit Feldman

Tel Aviv University, Department of Psychology

Ramat Aviv
Tel-Aviv, 6997801
Israel

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