The Development of Gender Stereotypes About Brilliance in Chinese Young Children
The common stereotype associating brilliance with men seems to be internalized by American children as young as age 6, and this belief sets a barrier to women’s engagement in many prestigious careers from early on. To date, however, research on this stereotype has not considered (1) its developmental trajectory in non-Western cultures, and (2) its intersection with the stereotype targets’ race. To address these questions, we assessed 5- to 7-year-old Chinese children’s gender stereotypes about White people’s (Study 1, N = 93) and Asian people’s intellectual abilities (Study 2, N = 101). The results suggested that Chinese children start to associate brilliance with White men (vs. women), but not Asian men (vs. women) at the age of 6. In fact, 5- to 7-year-old Chinese children perceive Asian men as less intellectually capable than Asian women. The present research adds to our knowledge of children’s acquisition of stereotypes about brilliance in non-Western cultural contexts and highlights the importance of adopting an intersectional framework to understand the generalizability of these stereotypes.
M.A., Human Development
Master of Arts
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dissertation or thesis
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