Title

Gender and Developmental Differences in Children's Conversations

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Sex Roles: A Journal of Research

Volume

16

Issue

2013-09-10

Publisher

Springer

Publication Date

1987

First Page

497

Last Page

510

DOI

10.1007/BF00292484

Abstract

Extending work on childhood gender differences by J. Block (“Assimilation, Accommodation and the Dynamics of Personality Development,” Child Development, 1982, 53, 281–295) and J. H. Block (“Differential Premises Arising from Differential Socialization of the Sexes: Some Conjunctures,” Child Development, 1983, 54, 1335–1354), the present research investigated assimilative and accommodative discourse devices in the speech of 24 preschool children (12 boys and 12 girls) and 24 middle-childhood youngsters (12 boys and 12 girls) in each of grades 3 and 6. Boys' discourse, regardless of age, contained more accommodative devices. Girls' discourse, regardless of age, contained more assimilative devices. Age effects were apparent; older children, regardless of gender, used more discourse devices of both kinds than younger children.

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