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Contextos Clínicos

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CERQUEIRA-SANTOS, Elder  and  BOURNE, Justin. Gender roles in make-believe play among children adopted by same-sex couples. Contextos Clínic [online]. 2015, vol.8, n.1, pp. 38-45. ISSN 1983-3482.

The aim of this study was to investigate the roles of gender during spontaneous make-believe play among children adopted by same-sex couples. We analyzed stereotyping and segregation during spontaneous episodes of make-believe play. The general hypothesis was that both stereotyping and segregation were more flexible for this group, considering the new family context. 13 children of both sexes (8 boys and 5 girls) aged 3 to 7 years were observed. Nine episodes over five minutes length were analyzed considering a protocol that takes into account the social organization, the use of objects, the type and themes of games. Children demonstrate segregation of groups but litt le stereotyping in performance was found by gender roles. The article discusses parenting and contextual influences on gender development during childhood.

Keywords : homosexuality; adoption; children's play; gender.

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