The Family as an Agent of Gender Development
In the next several chapters we will be considering the impact of various socialization infl uences on the process of gender development. We will consider the impact of peers, school, and the media on various aspects of children’s gender-related behaviors and cognitions. In this chapter, we will consider the impact of the family. That obviously will include the impact of parents, but also of siblings. We will consider family attitudes about gender, and various types of families (e.g., traditional, feminist, single parents, and gay and lesbian families). Although there is not much research on the topic, we will also examine the impact of grandparents on children’s gender development.