Psych M.D. -gender schema theory


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Term: gender scheme theory
Definition (Myers): The theory that children learn from their cultures a concept of what it means to be male and female and that they adjust their behavior accordingly.
Definition (alternative): Refers to the theory that children learn about what it means to be male and female from the culture in which they live. According to this theory, children adjust their behavior to fit in with the gender norms and expectations of their culture. http://psychology.about.com/od/gindex/g/def_genderschem.htm
Contextual explanation: go beyond the basic definition to explain what the term means with examples, etc. This theory is essentail in understnading the gender role development. Gender becomes the lens through which people view the world and their surroundings.As children mature, they begin t distinguish between male and female voices and faces. After around age two, children begin to organize their world in the basis of gender. As children, they organize their behavior by conforming to what they think is right and wrong as male/female. Some however, may reject traditional gender roles and become gender non-conformists. For example, school boys may spend most of their time playing outdoors and be more dynamic than the more reserved school girls who play indoors and engaging in static activities.
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Related terms and concepts: gender role, gender typing, gender identity

Related websites:
http://psychology.about.com/od/gindex/g/def_genderschem.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_schema_theory
http://family.jrank.org/pages/686/Gender-Gender-Roles-Stereotypes.html
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