Mexican-American Adolescents’ Gender-Typed Characteristics: The Role of Sibling and Friend Characteristics

Norma J. Perez-Brena, Lorey A Wheeler, Kimberly A. Updegraff, David R. Schaefer

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This study examined the role of sibling and friend characteristics in Mexican-American youth’s gender-typed characteristics (i.e., attitudes, interests, and leisure activities) in early versus middle adolescence using a sibling design. Mexican-American 7th graders (M = 12.51 years; SD = .58) and their older siblings (M = 15.48 years; SD = 1.57) from 246 families participated in home interviews and a series of seven nightly phone calls. Results revealed that younger/early adolescent siblings reported more traditional gender role attitudes than their older/middle adolescent siblings and older brothers were more traditional in their attitudes than older sisters. When comparing siblings’ gender-typed interests and leisure activities, boys reported more masculine orientations than girls and girls reported more feminine orientations than boys. Older brothers’ gender-typed characteristics were associated with the amount of time spent with and gender characteristics of their friendship group, but for younger brothers, sibling characteristics were associated with their gender-typed characteristics. In contrast, both sibling and friendship characteristics were significantly associated with older and younger sisters’ gender-typed characteristics. The discussion addressed the different correlates of older and younger sisters’ and brothers’ gender-typed characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1255-1268
Number of pages14
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 25 2015

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Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Friends
  • Gender-typed orientation
  • Mexican-American
  • Siblings

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Mexican-American Adolescents’ Gender-Typed Characteristics : The Role of Sibling and Friend Characteristics. / Perez-Brena, Norma J.; Wheeler, Lorey A; Updegraff, Kimberly A.; Schaefer, David R.

In: Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 44, No. 5, 25.12.2015, p. 1255-1268.

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Perez-Brena, Norma J. ; Wheeler, Lorey A ; Updegraff, Kimberly A. ; Schaefer, David R. / Mexican-American Adolescents’ Gender-Typed Characteristics : The Role of Sibling and Friend Characteristics. In: Archives of Sexual Behavior. 2015 ; Vol. 44, No. 5. pp. 1255-1268.
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