TitleGender biases in textbooks for introductory psychology and human development
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsPeterson, S., & Kroner T.
JournalPsychology of Women Quarterly
KeywordsSocial Sciences

This article calls attention to the concerns about gender biased stereotypes and language used within the academic psychological discourse.  In 1975 the American Psychological Association Task Force administered a recommendation of changes in the rhetoric and research topics that should be used in psychological studies and publications.  Studies evaluating the changes in the amount of gendered language and stereotypes within psychology textbook revealed that there was some decrease in the usage of sex-stereotyped rhetoric.  However, representations of male contributions, theory, and behaviors exceed that of their female counterparts.  Although this publication is dated, it still poses important implications for the texts that are assigned to students in psychology courses.  It is important to be aware of the biases that are deeply embedded in the traditions of social sciences.