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ERIC Number: ED113264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 9
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Reference Count: 0
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Sex Differences in Social Behavior.
Baker, Therese
Examining theories from a wide spectrum of disciplines, this paper categorizes research on sex differences in social behavior into four groups and examines the implications of each. The first category of research interprets sex differences as the result of anatomical differences which later affect psychological roles. The implication of this category is that sex differences are difficult if not impossible to change. The second category interprets sex differences as the result of group roles which an individual culture assigns to the different sexes. The implication of this category is that sex differences are minor and subject to change once a culture changes. The third category interprets sex differences as a process where the child develops gender identity as a part of a natural tendency to organize observations of the physical world. The fourth category interprets sex differences as the result of behavior reinforcement by parents and society. The implication of the last two categories is that sex differences can vary according to degree of sexism within a society. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Midwest Regional Women's Studies Conference (Bloomington, Indiana, April 4-6, 1975)