Effect of different professions' clothing on children's height perception

Span J Psychol. 2012 Nov;15(3):1038-42. doi: 10.5209/rev_sjop.2012.v15.n3.39394.

Abstract

Height is a biological factor that can affect how others perceive and behave toward an individual. Height is a biological factor that can affect how others perceive and behave toward an individual. Clothing, as a non-biological factor, can affect these perceptions of height. In this study weClothing, as a non-biological factor, can affect these perceptions of height. In this study we investigated the effect of different professions' clothing on children's perceptions of height. One investigated the effect of different professions' clothing on children's perceptions of height. One hundred and eighty primary school students participated in this study and estimated the height of an actor in the clothing of four different professions which differed in terms of prestige. The results of study showed that the difference between the perceived and actual height was larger when participants estimated the height of socially esteemed professions. Also there was no difference between girls' and boys' estimation of different professions' height. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Body Height*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior / psychology*
  • Clothing / psychology*
  • Firefighters / psychology
  • Hierarchy, Social
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Personnel / psychology
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Physicians / psychology
  • Size Perception / physiology*
  • Social Class
  • Social Perception*