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Outline and evaluate one or more cognitive developmental theories of gender development.

(25 marks)

Psychologists have considered many explanations of gender development in an
attempt to understand how our awareness of gender emerges and the effect it has on
our behaviour and on those around us.

One of the main…

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children may hold strong stereotypes about the power of the male model and so may
imitate males more.

There is a major problem with Kohlberg's theory by which it predicts there is little or
no gender appropriate behaviour before gender consistency is achieved. Yet in reality
gender role behaviour is…

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