Parenting in America 1. The American family today Family life is changing. Two-parent households are on the decline in the United States as divorce, remarriage and cohabitation are on the rise.
Parental influences[ edit ] Expectations for children's future adult lives, like financial success or future care giving, may lead parents to encourage certain behaviors in children.
Parents of sons are more likely to express conservative gender role views than parents of daughters, with fathers emphasizing the paternal breadwinning role for males.
The effects of parental expectations of gender roles can especially be seen in the role children play in household duties. Girls generally do more housework than boys and the type of housework assigned to children largely depends on gender. By choosing their children's activities, parents are directly influencing their gender role views and preferences onto their children and shaping expectations.
The results suggested that CAH girls exhibited more masculine-typed behavior observable through toy choice as well as drawings and rough-and-tumble play.
While a compelling result, parental expectations, in addition to biology, could play a large role in shaping behavioral outcomes.
An early diagnosis might lead parents to expect, and therefore, condone, more masculine-typed behaviors, implicitly socializing the CAH girls to express themselves in certain ways. In normally developing girls, masculine behaviors may be discouraged, and parents may steer their daughters toward more traditionally feminine toys, colors, and preferences.
This alternative social explanation complicates the interpretation of neat causality between hormones and behavior. Untilthese play differences were ignored in studies of the differences between boys and girls,  but recent research has shed light on these sex differences. Hardy et al This time period is especially crucial because if a child's fundamental movement skills do not develop properly, then their future development will be drastically impacted.
This study took preschool children and asked them to perform specific fundamental movement skills such as locomotor and object control skills.
After examining the children performing these movements, the researchers found that female preschoolers are generally better at locomotor movements, while male preschoolers are better at object control. These findings emphasize the need for a superior program in which boys and girls can work together and integrate their skills for a chance at greater development of future skills.
Boys tend to be more "rough and tumble" in their play while girls shy away from this aggressive behavior, leading to the formation of separate play groups. Calvert In addition, boys tend to gravitate more towards toys such as trucks while girls tend to gravitate towards dolls, but these preferences are not absolutes.
A study by Alexander, Wilcox, and Woods showed that female infants showed more visual interest in a doll over a toy truck while male infants showed more visual interest in a toy truck over a doll, but these differences were more pronounced in the females.
One of the most compelling theories in regards to biologically determined gender differences is the idea that male-preference and female-preference for toys are mediated by inequities in visual processing. The central claim is that males and females are preprogrammed to specialize in certain forms of perception: Alexander  makes a particularly strong case.
The author suggests that inherent sex differences based on perceptual categories encourage children to seek out playmates of a similar play style, and ultimately predisposes them for later social and gender roles Alexander, Human vision operates based on two anatomically grounded systems: Both pathways are present in males and females, and M-cells are designed to recognize motion, while P-cells specialize in form and color perception Alexander, Some research has suggested that sex-linked differences in M-cell versus P-cell dominance could be the underlying factor leading to differential toy preference in children, potentially validating the stereotype that boys prefer toy cars and balls objects associated with motion while girls prefer dolls and stuffed animals objects characterized by distinct facial characteristics, form, and color.
Beyond hormonal explanations, Alexander also employs an evolutionary biology perspective to link contemporary toy preference to early selective pressures and the development of visual specialization. Specifically, male M-cell pathway dominance is connected back to motion mediated activities like hunting and the throwing of projectiles.
Female P-cell dominance is tied to foraging for plants, a task requiring discrimination between colors and memory of form. Color is particularly important in foraging, as discrimination between colors aids in identifying a ripe piece of fruit from the greenery around it.
As it were, the "green-red opponent system" is thought to be X-chromosome linked and phylogenetically more recent, in contrast with the more rudimentary "yellow-blue" system present to the same degree in both sexes Alexander, According to the theory, this adaptation has persisted throughout human evolution, and may contribute to contemporary sexual-dimorphism in skill and preference.
From this position, Alexander suggests the designation of pink as a girl color and blue as a boy color might not be completely arbitrary after all.
In a separate study by Gredlin and Bjorklundit was found that there are sex differences in object manipulation. The children were put in these conditions and any decision they made was spontaneous and on their own; they were only given a hint after they had failed the task 5 times.In addition to engaging customers and inspiring employees, a powerful and clear brand purpose improves alignment throughout the organization and ensures consistent messaging across touchpoints.
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