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The role of sex of peers and gender-typed activities in young children's peer affiliative networks: a longitudinal analysis of selection and influence.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23252713     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A stochastic actor-based model was used to investigate the origins of sex segregation by examining how similarity in sex of peers and time spent in gender-typed activities affected affiliation network selection and how peers influenced children's (N = 292; Mage = 4.3 years) activity involvement. Gender had powerful effects on interactions through direct and indirect pathways. Children selected playmates of the same sex and with similar levels of gender-typed activities. Selection based on gender-typed activities partially mediated selection based on sex of peers. Children influenced one another's engagement in gender-typed activities. When mechanisms producing sex segregation were compared, the largest contributor was selection based on sex of peers; less was due to activity-based selection and peer influence. Implications for sex segregation and gender development are discussed.
Carol Lynn Martin; Olga Kornienko; David R Schaefer; Laura D Hanish; Richard A Fabes; Priscilla Goble
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-12-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  84     ISSN:  1467-8624     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:    2013 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-05-09     Completed Date:  2014-02-05     Revised Date:  2014-05-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  921-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 The Authors. Child Development © 2012 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Choice Behavior*
Longitudinal Studies
Models, Theoretical
Peer Group*
Play and Playthings*
Sex Factors
Social Behavior*
Social Environment*
Social Networking
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