When do children develop their gender identity?
October 13, 2017
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(THE CONVERSATION) Gender is generally thought of as a stable trait: we are born male or female and we stay that way as we grow from small children to adults.
It turns out that for young children, initial concepts about gender are quite flexible. In my own research, I’ve found that children don’t begin to notice and adopt gender-stereotyped behaviors (e.g., preferring colors like pink or blue) until the age of two or three. A few years later, their concept of gender becomes...