Gender Differences - Nature versus Nurture Analytical Essay by Nicky

Gender Differences - Nature versus Nurture
An exploration of the environmental and biological factors that explain male and female development.
# 148494 | 1,907 words | 11 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2011 in Psychology (Social) , Biology (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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The paper reviews both the social construction of gender and the biological factors defining gender interests and abilities. This paper argues that there are both biological and socialization factors that play a part in gender differences in interests and abilities, in accordance with Money and Ehrhadt's (1972) model regarding gender identity.

Money and Ehrhadt's Masculinity-Femininity Model
The Social Construction of Gender
Innate Biological Factors in Defining Gender Interests and Abilities

From the Paper:

"Money and Ehrhardt (1972) investigated gender identity differentiation. The researchers identified a developmental sequence of not only environmental events, but also biological events, which were the basis for adult gender identity. Beginning with conception, the sex chromosome configuration is what leads to the differentiation of the gonads in the fetus. This then leads to the hormonal differentiation in the fetus, as either the absences or presence of fetal androgens. This is what causes dimorphism in the human species - two distinct forms, male and female. This dimorphism, however, is not simply expressed in the internal and external genitalia, but also in certain areas of the development of the brain (p. 3). With these biological changes caused by hormonal differentiation, sociological events occur as well."

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