Leo-Rhynie, Elsa A.; Pencle, Carmen
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Gender stereotypes: perceptions and awareness of a sample of Jamaican adolescents
Gendered realities: essays in Caribbean feminist thought
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University of the West Indies Press
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Investigates the extent to which Jamaican secondary high school students hold traditional, stereotypical views about their own sex roles, and about the roles which women will play in the society of the future. Examines how the students observe the sexual division of labor in their homes, perceive occupations in terms of gender suitability, women's roles in 2000, and the extent to which they accept sex role stereotypes. Looks at differences between males and females, stage of schooling, and school type. Discusses how gender identity is developed and perpetuated in society through learning or imitating among and by children, but that more recently changes in these traditional gender views have increased. The authors found that male students demonstrate more traditional opinions regarding sex roles than females. Further, they found that younger students expressed more traditional views than older ones. They also noted differences between students at coeducational and single sex-schools as the latter held generally more traditional views, the males more than the females. The least traditional were the girls from the coeducational schools.....