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ERIC Number: EJ939904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
Sex Differences in Help-Seeking Appear in Early Childhood
Benenson, Joyce F.; Koulnazarian, Manouchak
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v26 n2 p163-169 Jun 2008
This study tested the hypothesis that sex differences in help-seeking, which have been obtained consistently with adults and adolescents, would appear in early childhood. To this end, 32 girls and 32 boys aged 3 and 6 years from lower and upper-middle socio-economic class schools were asked to perform four tasks (drawing an animal, building a house with blocks, piecing together a puzzle, and matching sounds) in the presence of a male or female adult. After explaining each task, the adult offered help to the child. Latencies to request help were significantly lower for girls than boys across both age and socio-economic levels. The implications of sex differences in latencies to obtain help are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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