Computer interest differences in preschool children according to sex and psychological sex-typing

Sue W. Williams1, Shirley M. Rosenwasser2
1Department of Home Economics, Southwest Texas State University, United States
2Southwest Texas State University, United States
Cite this article:  Williams, S. W., & Rosenwasser, S. M. (2017). Computer interest differences in preschool children according to sex and psychological sex-typing. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 2(2), 55-60.

Volume 2 Issue 2 | e6425 | Published: January 2017 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.6425

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The computer interest of 3- and 4-year-old children attending a university-affiliated day care center was assessed via their participation in self-selected computer activities. Computer participation involved a 3-step process culminating in terminal interaction: proximity, observation, and working. Results of 2-way analyses of variance unexpectedly indicated higher computer interest scores for females than males; however, no effects were found for age. Pearson correlations indicated a pattern of negative relationships between boys’ preference for the adult male role and the computer interest variables.

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