Gender-Typed Behaviors in Friendships and Well-Being

A Cross-Cultural Study of Chinese and American Boys

Taveeshi Gupta, Niobe Way, Rebecca K. McGill, Diane Hughes, Carlos Santos, Yueming Jia, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Xinyin Chen, Huihua Deng

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This 3-year, longitudinal analysis examined the psychological and social correlates of adhering to gender-typed behaviors in friendships among boys during middle school in United States (N = 446, Mage = 11.37 years) and in China (N = 368, Mage = 12.20 years). Results indicated that boys did not differ by nationality in the mean levels or in the increase over time in adherence to gender-typed behaviors. Furthermore, adherence over time was associated with higher depressive symptoms, lower self-esteem, and lower friendship quality for boys in both countries. However, the associations between gender-typed behaviors and friendship quality and depressive symptoms were stronger for boys in the United States. Our study suggests that gender-typed behaviors play an important role in the well-being of youth in different parts of the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-68
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cultural Studies

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Gender-Typed Behaviors in Friendships and Well-Being : A Cross-Cultural Study of Chinese and American Boys. / Gupta, Taveeshi; Way, Niobe; McGill, Rebecca K.; Hughes, Diane; Santos, Carlos; Jia, Yueming; Yoshikawa, Hirokazu; Chen, Xinyin; Deng, Huihua.

In: Journal of Research on Adolescence, Vol. 23, No. 1, 03.2013, p. 57-68.

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Gupta, Taveeshi ; Way, Niobe ; McGill, Rebecca K. ; Hughes, Diane ; Santos, Carlos ; Jia, Yueming ; Yoshikawa, Hirokazu ; Chen, Xinyin ; Deng, Huihua. / Gender-Typed Behaviors in Friendships and Well-Being : A Cross-Cultural Study of Chinese and American Boys. In: Journal of Research on Adolescence. 2013 ; Vol. 23, No. 1. pp. 57-68.
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