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Research Methods: Operational Definitions AssignmentThe Social Learning Theory suggests that people acquire their personal attitudes, beliefs, andbehaviors from social interaction. Moreover, it is said that children learn gender roles at a young age bylearning from their environment and by imitating others, most importantly their parents or guardians,who encourage them to participate in sex-typed activities.My hypothesis is that children will follow this theory when choosing toys to play with. Theparents’ level of stereotypical gender roles will affect the child’s gender appropriate behavior. Forexample, if a young girl’s mother is the typical housewife and her father is the typical breadwinner, thenthe girl will choose to play with toys that are stereotypic of her own sex (easy bake ovens, Barbie dolls,etc.) The independent variable is the parents’ level of masculinity/femininity, and the dependent variableis the children’s toy preference.