The Development Of gender roles In Children
The Development of Gender Roles in Children
In a society filled with gender stereotypes and biases, children often adopt gender roles
which are not always equal to both males and females. As children move on through childhood
and later into adolescence many factors influence their views and behaviors towards gender roles.
These attitudes and behaviors are learned initially in the home, and later reinforced by many other
outside influences such as their school experiences, friends, teachers, and television. Children turn
out to internalize many of the gender stereotypes and behaviors of the past. Where are these
stereotypes coming from The strongest influence on gender development occurs in the home,
with parents passing on many of the beliefs they have about gender roles.
Children learn at a young age what it means to be a boy or a girl in our society. Through
opportunities, encouragement and discouragement, obvious behaviors, covert suggestions, and
various types of guidance, children experience the formation of their gender role socialization. It
is hard for children to grow into adults without experiencing some form of gender bias or gender
stereotyping, whether it be that boys are supposed to be tough or better at math, or that females
can only play with dolls.
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