This study explored whether children acquire their gender-role stereotypes from nature or society. Four groups of primary school children of mixed gender were tested. Two of the groups were in the age-range of 4-5 years. The other two groups were in the range of9-10 years. The experimenter read each group a vignette about a child who engaged in sex-stereotyped behaviours but who had an androgynous name. One group in each age-range heard a story about an apparently male character; the other groups heard about an apparent female. Afterwards the participants were given a token, which they had to place in a pink box if they thought the subject was a girl or in a blue box if they thought the subject was a boy. It was predicted that the younger participants would have less stereotypical judgements than the older participants would because they have not yet acquired these views from their environment. The results supported this prediction. However while statistical significance was found regarding the stereotypical female story, the participants in both age-ranges answered stereotypically to the male story. It is likely that this is due to the male role being more clearly defined in society than the female role.