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ERIC Number: EJ779958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Planes, Trains, Automobiles--and Tea Sets: Extremely Intense Interests in Very Young Children
DeLoache, Judy S.; Simcock, Gabrielle; Macari, Suzanne
Developmental Psychology, v43 n6 p1579-1586 Nov 2007
Some normally developing young children show an intense, passionate interest in a particular category of objects or activities. The present article documents the existence of extremely intense interests that emerge very early in life and establishes some of the basic parameters of the phenomenon. Surveys and interviews with 177 parents revealed that nearly one third of young children have extremely intense interests. The nature of these intense interests is described, with particular focus on their emergence, commonalities in the content of the interests, and the reactions of other people to them. One of the most striking findings is a large gender difference: Extremely intense interests are much more common for young boys than for girls.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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