Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Level





Brown, Lucy

Committee Member/Reader

Watkins, Patsy

Committee Member/Second Reader

Madison, Karen

Committee Member/Third Reader

Hare, Lawrence


This content analysis examined the use of gender stereotypes, in the forms of product association and various traditional behaviors expected of a particular gender, in children’s advertisements aired on Nickelodeon network. Results of the study revealed that although children’s commercials appear to be breaking away from some long-standing gender stereotypes, such as boys being the dominant gender in athleticism, many of the same gender stereotypes that researchers have been investigating for decades remain prevalent today. Results indicate that commercials on Nickelodeon network favor boy characters in overall time on-screen. Girls-only commercials made up the lowest percent of commercials in the sample. Even male narrators were preferred for voice-overs. Additionally, children’s commercials continue to reinforce the social expectation that boys play with construction and transportation toys, while girls play with dolls and stuffed animals. Enduring behavioral stereotypes include the idea that boys are competitive and aggressive, while girls are nurturing and domestic. Lastly, the gender association of girls playing indoors and boys playing outdoors remains a prevalent stereotype within children’s advertisements.