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NAVARRO, Raúl. Children's preferences for gender-typed objects and colours: a commentary from gender research in Spain. Escritos de Psicología [online]. 2014, vol.7, n.3, pp.1-9. ISSN 1989-3809.

The main aim of this review was to examine international research on children's preferences regarding gender-typed objects and colours. Firstly, we provide the theoretical background on gender development to elucidate the ways in which individuals can learn gender stereotypes and develop gender-related preferences. Secondly, we review international research on gender-related preferences. Thirdly, we analyse empirical studies on gender stereotypes in children conducted in Spain and Latin American countries, and show that although gender is a priority research area in these countries, studies on gender development in childhood are lacking. Thus, our aim was to identify a set of issues that provide insights into the development of gender-typed preferences, and that also suggest new directions for researchers in Spanish-speaking countries who are interested in clarifying the relationship between gender and children's preferences for objects and colours.

Keywords : Gender; Children; Gender-typed Toys; Gender-typed Colors; Gender-typed Preferences.

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