Gender development research in sex roles: Historical trends and future directions

The study of gender development has progressed in significant ways from the initial study of gender differences. Gender socialization, stereotyping, and gender identity have all emerged as topics receiving significant emphasis over time. Furthermore, leaders in the field continue to encourage growth, with the development of precise and clear terminology, more sophisticated methods and analytical techniques, and diversity in topics covered. Analysis of additional historical trends and future directions for the field are presented within the 35th Anniversary publication.

Zosuls, K., Miller, C., Ruble, D., Martin, C., & Fabes, R. (2011). Gender development research in sex roles: Historical trends and future directions. Sex Roles, 64, 826-842.

Related Reading

(A) 35th Anniversary paper of Sex Roles reviews the history of the distinction between the terms sex and gender, seeking to illustrate the varied and inconsistent usage of the terms.

Muehlenhard, C. L., & Peterson, Z. D. (2011) Distinguishing between sex and gender: History, current conceptualizations, and implications. Sex Roles, 64, 791-803. Doi 10.1007/s11199-011-9932-5

(B) Study explores generational influence of older adults’ attitudes and demographic information as it associates with younger adults’ attitudes toward feminism and the women’s movement in the 35th Anniversary issue of Sex Roles.

Bettencourt, K. E., Vacha-Haase, T., & Byrne, Z. S. (2011). Older and younger adults’ attitudes toward feminism: The influence of religiosity, political orientation, gender, education, and family. Sex Roles, 64, 863-874 doi:10.1007/s1119-011-9946-z