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The Development of Gender Schemata About Heterosexual and Homosexual Others During Adolescence

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Perceptions of heterosexual and homosexual individuals were investigated among 55 male and 60 female French 11.0–22.1 yr olds, divided into 3 mean age groups of 12-, 16-, and 20 yr olds. Participants described heterosexual and homosexual males and females with typical masculine and feminine personality traits. Overall, they perceived heterosexual males as having more masculine traits than homosexual males. The 16- and 20-yr-olds perceived homosexual males as more feminine than heterosexual males, whereas the reverse was observed in 12-yr-olds. Furthermore, the 1 2-yr-olds perceived heterosexual females as more feminine than homosexual females, a difference that disappeared in the older age groups. Results support the view of early adolescence as a crucial period in the development of gender schemata about sexually significant others.
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hal-04035290 , version 1 (17-03-2023)

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Pascal Mallet, Themistoklis Apostolidis, Benjamin Paty. The Development of Gender Schemata About Heterosexual and Homosexual Others During Adolescence. Journal of General Psychology, 1997, 124 (1), pp.91-104. ⟨10.1080/00221309709595509⟩. ⟨hal-04035290⟩
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