Gender Development in African American Youth

Olivenne D. Skinner, Katherine Perkins, Dana Wood, Beth Kurtz-Costes

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Using the organizing framework of Ruble, Martin, and Berenbaum (2006), we summarized literature on gender development in African American youth within six content areas: biological/categorical sex, activities and interests, personal-social attributes, social relationships, styles and symbols, and values regarding gender. Results with African Americans were compared with what is known about gender processes in other U.S. racial groups, and gaps in the literature were noted. Finally, we summarized the literature on socialization influences on gender development in African American youth, focusing particularly on parents and media. Our review shows that gender, along with race, plays a significant role in the development of African American youth, with many of these processes similar to what is found in youth of other racial/ethnic groups. Contextual factors such as family structure and racial context are important to take into account to best understand individual differences in the gender development of Black youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-423
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Black Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology


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