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J Appl Behav Anal. 1977 Fall; 10(3): 553–557.
PMCID: PMC1311225

Implications of the stereotyping and modification of sex role.


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.

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  • Davison GC, Stuart RB. Behavior therapy and civil liberties. Am Psychol. 1975 Jul;30(7):755–763. [PubMed]
  • Lovaas OI, Simmons JQ. Manipulation of self-destruction in three retarded children. J Appl Behav Anal. 1969 Fall;2(3):143–157. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Rekers GA, Lovaas OI. Behavioral treatment of deviant sex-role behaviors in a male child. J Appl Behav Anal. 1974 Summer;7(2):173–190. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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