The biosocial approach to gender development

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What does this approach focus on?
the innate characteristics and behaviour of a new born baby and how that affects the way that carers behave towards them.
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What are example of innate characteristics?
biological sex, personal characteristics and culture.
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What does it beleive a childs gender identity is consistent with?
It believes that a childs gender identity is consistent with the way they have been raised and therefore it is different for boys and girls.
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How does culture influence the theory?
It acknowledges that gender is flexible and that it can vary from culture to culture. what it means to be male or female varies over time as well as culture.
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What is a suitable IDA point for the theory?
Nature/nurture - in this case the theory falls on the nurture side of the debate, it argues that how children are raised causes their gender identity.
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What supporting research is there?
Smith and Lloyd - they found that the adult ppts treated the babies differently according to their percieved gender. 'Boys' were given hammers, 'girls' given dolls.
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What research is there contradicting the theory?
David Reimer, Baron Cohen and Diamond (research supporting the role of genes and hormones)
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What is an appropriate AO3 point for the theory? (Smith and Lloyd)
the study is merely a snapshot into the lives of the children, it is not a longitudanal study. however it is impossible to conduct a longitudanal study of this nature due to ethical boundaries.
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What are the practical applications of this theory?
even though the evidence is limited, it is still a useful approach. it implies that parents and schools should be wary not to limit childrens activities and behaviours as gender is a flexible construct and can be easily influenced.
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