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How Chinese adolescent girls perceive gender roles: A psychographic study
Journal of Consumer Marketing
  • Kara Chan, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Yu Leung Ng, Hong Kong Baptist University
Document Type
Journal Article

Purpose – This study replicates a psychographic segmentation of adolescent girls in Hong Kong. It attempts to see if the segmentation of Hong Kong girls according to the perceptions of gender roles and ideal female images can be generalized to girls in mainland China.

Design/methodology/approach – A convenience sample of 331 Shanghai female secondary school students aged 12 to 20 were asked to answer questions about gender roles, ideal female images, and their liking of international and Chinese brands. Factor analysis, cluster analysis, and discriminant analysis were conducted.

Findings – Four segments of adolescent girls were identified and profiled. They were Conformists, Aggressive pursuers, Image protectors, and Single-handers. Practical implications –Different marketing communication strategies can be adopted to make global and Chinese national brands more appealing to the different clusters.

Limitations –The data were collected from a non-probabilistic sample of girls from Shanghai, which may not be representative of girls in other mainland Chinese cities or elsewhere in greater China.

Originality/value –This has been the first study to cluster adolescent girls in mainland China based on gender role perceptions.

  • Psychographics,
  • Adolescent girls,
  • Gender roles,
  • Brands,
  • China
Publication Date
Peer Reviewed
Link to Publisher's Edition
Citation Information
Kara Chan and Yu Leung Ng. "How Chinese adolescent girls perceive gender roles: A psychographic study" Journal of Consumer Marketing Vol. 30 Iss. 1 (2013) p. 50 - 61 ISSN: 07363761
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