Even 9-mth-olds pick toys specific to their gender

Children as young as nine months old prefer to play with toys specific to their own gender -with boys choosing balls and girls favouring cooking pots -according to a new study which shows sex differences become evident at an earlier age than previously thought.

The research therefore suggests the possibility that boys and girls follow different developmental trajectories with respect to selection of gender-typed toys and that there is both a biological and a developmental-environmental components to the sex differences seen in object preferences.

To study the gender preferences seen with toys, the researchers from City University London and University College London observed the toy preferences of boys and girls engaged in independent play in UK nurseries, in absense of a parent......................Read more


Source: The Times Group

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