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Toy preferences between boys and girls


In the article “How large are gender differences in toy preferences?”, Davis and Hines (2020), they aimed to understand the magnitude of gender-related effects on children’s toy preferences that were impacted by the methods, year, types of toys, and age of children. Utilizing a meta-analysis approach, the criteria was to search for studies with children under 11 years old and methods using testing designs that used another predictor of toy preferences. The results showed that the boys preferred boy-related toys and the girls preferred girl-related toys. Girls also preferred neutral toys more than boys, with a small but significant effect. While this study found that children showed preferences for toys that represented their own gender, there are some gaps in the data that could change our inferences about the drivers and consequences of children’s gender-related toy preferences.


Citation: Davis, J. T., & Hines, M. (2020). How large are gender differences in toy preferences? A systematic review and meta-analysis of Toy Preference Research. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49(2), 373–394. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-019-01624-7


By: Jolie Haertter

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