Construction of Gender in Adolescents' Dyadic Conversations

Atakan M., Yurtdas G. T.

STUDIES IN PSYCHOLOGY-PSIKOLOJI CALISMALARI DERGISI, vol.33, no.2, pp.15-30, 2013 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.15-30
  • Keywords: Sex, Gender, Interruption, Conversation Analysis


In this study, interactional strategies and tools utilized in recordings of adolescents' conversations about gender stereotypes were analyzed by using conversation analysis. The participants divided into same-gender (10 woman-woman and 10 man-man) and mixed-gender dyads (10 woman-man) with an age range of 11-14, were asked to talk about 6 picture cards each with a question regarding a gender stereotype. Analysis of recorded conversations revealed that interruptions were used by all gender groups however differ-ently in accordance with the previous studies about performance of gender in talk. The frequency of verbal interruptions were similar in same-gender dyads. In mixed-gender dyads, however, interruptions were done mostly by men. The implications of these results will be discussed in terms of literature on gender construction in verbal interactions.