Developmental Trends

The proportions of children showing gender stereotypic knowledge and rigid stereotyping are displayed in Figures 13.1 and 13.2. Consistent with the literature, children's stereotypic knowledge is already high at age 5, increases slightly when children reach 6 years, and then levels off until age 10. The increase in knowledge from age 5 to 6 is paired with an increase in rigidity. Once children reach their peak level of knowledge, however, their rigidity begins a steady decline. This illustrates that children become more flexible in their application of stereotypes once their knowledge is consolidated.

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