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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Gerald R. Adams


Eighty-six children fran the Utah State University Child Development Latoratories and Hillcrest Elerrentary School and their parents participated in the study. The study focused on the use of attractiveness stereotyping used by children across four age groups. The study also analyzed the social transmission of attractiveness stereotypes fran parents to their children. The study included two parts: 1) a play-preference measure, and 2) a social attribJtion measure. The stimlli were sketches of t:vJelve children , six toys and six girls . The sketches of children included attractive, unattractive, mesarorphic , endarorphic, handicapped and nonhandicapped children. In the study we fOlUld that parents and children use attractiveness stereotypes. Further, parents and children utilized a beauty-is-good assumption when evaluating the children's personalities and social tendencies fran the sketches. Finally, we fOlUld that parents in this study expected their children to use a similar physical attractiveness hypothesis in their SOCial judgnent.