Implications of the stereotyping and modification of sex role

J Appl Behav Anal. Fall 1977;10(3):553-7. doi: 10.1901/jaba.1977.10-553.


This article discusses and questions a study by Rekers and Lovaas (1974), which sought to "normalize" a young boy's sex-role behavior. The reasons given for treatment and the treatment itself are questioned. The ethical implications of the treatment and its outcome are then discussed, and alternative treatment procedures are suggested. Finally, the experimenters' description of the feminine sex-role is criticized.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy* / methods
  • Child Behavior*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Identification, Psychological*
  • Male
  • Play and Playthings
  • Reinforcement, Psychology
  • Research Design
  • Social Conformity