Gender Development Research in Sex Roles: Historical Trends and Future Directions

Kristina M. Zosuls, Cindy Miller, Diane N. Ruble, Carol Martin, Richard Fabes

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Abstract

The late 1960s through the 1970s marked an important turning point in the field of gender research, including theory and research in gender development. The establishment of Sex Roles in 1975 as a forum for this research represented an important milestone in the field. In this article, we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Sex Roles and, in particular, its contributions to the field of research on children's and adolescents' gender development. We examine the trends in research on gender development published in Sex Roles since its inception and use this analysis as a vehicle for exploring how the field has grown and evolved over the past few decades. We begin with a brief review of the history of this field of research since 1975. Then, we present a descriptive assessment of articles published on gender development in Sex Roles over time, and link this assessment to general trends that have occurred in the study of gender development over the past 35 years. We conclude with a discussion of future directions for the field of gender development. In particular, we highlight areas in which the journal could play a role in promoting more diversity in topics, methods, and ages employed in gender development research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)826-842
Number of pages17
JournalSex Roles
Volume64
Issue number11-12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Children
  • Gender development
  • History
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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