The Effects of Stereotypes on Teen Girls
By: Angie Woodward
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Stereotyping is a primary factor for difficulties in the teenage years. This is true in countless instances, as it has come to the point where teen girls believe the negative recognitions themselves. Certain types of behaviors are categorized as masculine and feminine. Gender role stereotyping occurs when a person is expected to act out the “normal” behaviors based upon their sex.
The gender role stereotypes that schools help to put across include the notion that teen girls are caring, nurturing, quiet, helpful, considerate of others, and place others’ needs before their own. When teen girls achieve academically they are “hard workers”, whereas successful boys are considered naturally gifted. On the other end, when male students underachieve they are considered lazy, but underachieving girls are regarded as not capable. Thus, gender role stereotypes show the academic success of boys to be innate intelligence and the academic success of girls to be hard work.
Stereotyping Impacts Behaviors toward Success in Teen Girls
The expectation that girls place others before themselves has consequences regarding their attitudes towards success in school. Teen girls’ motivation for succeeding in school is often related to pleasing others, such as parents and teachers, rather than themselves. A consequence of this practice is their fear of success. Another consequence of gender stereotyping for girls is learned helplessness. When they struggle with learning material, teachers often give them the answer, declaring a status of learned helplessness, then, girls learn that they are not capable of learning.
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