At What Age Do Children Begin to Differentiate and Label Sex?

According to the findings of three studies about children's early gender development, children are able to label genders (including differentiating between genders by labeling faces, label gender-typed toys) at 18-19 months on average for girls. Boys are later than girls. After that, children begin to display modest gender-typed play around 17-21 months. Then, they begin to display gender-typed behaviors (girls behave more girly and boys are more masculine) around 27 months.

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1: "The Acquisition Of Gender Labels In Infancy: Implications For Gender-Typed Play.," Developmental Psychology , 2009, by KM Zosuls, DN Ruble, CS Tamis-LeMonda. (Citations: 94).

Abstract 1. Two aspects of children's early gender developmentthe spontaneous production of gender labels and gender-typed playwere examined longitudinally in a sample of 82 children. Survival analysis, a statistical technique well suited to questions ...


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1: "The Young Child'S Gender Schema: Environmental Input, Internal Organization," Child Development, 1989, by BI Fagot, MD Leinbach. (Citations: 206).

The relation among children's ability to apply gender labels, their tendency to emit sex-typed behavior, and their parents' attitudes and reactions toward sex-typed behaviors was studied. The children were observed at home with their parents when the children were 18 months ...


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1: "Gender Stereotyping In Infancy: Visual Preferences For And Knowledge Of Gender-Stereotyped Toys In The Second Year," International Journal of Behavioral Development , 2001, by LA Serbin, D Poulin-Dubois, KA Colburne. (Citations: 142).

Abstract Infants' visual preferences for gender-stereotyped toys and their knowledge of stereotyped toys were examined in two experiments using an adaptation of the preferential looking paradigm. Girls and boys aged 12, 18, and 24 months were tested for their ...


2: "The Acquisition Of Gender Labels In Infancy: Implications For Gender-Typed Play.," Developmental Psychology , 2009, by KM Zosuls, DN Ruble, CS Tamis-LeMonda. (Citations: 94).

Abstract 1. Two aspects of children's early gender developmentthe spontaneous production of gender labels and gender-typed playwere examined longitudinally in a sample of 82 children. Survival analysis, a statistical technique well suited to questions ...



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