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Developmental Psychology Terms and Definitions (Gender Roles/Sex Differences)

Gender sociocultural dimension of being biologically male or female
Gender Roles sets of expectations that prescribe how males and females should act, thing and feel
Gender Identity our sense of being male of female
Biopsychosocial model ascribes gender, gender roles and gender identity to the interaction of heredity and environment
Biological perspective sex chromosomes (X, Y), organs and general characteristics
Evolutionary perspective concerned with survival; men show dominance and women show attracting the dominant man
Psychoanalytic perspective girls learn to be feminine from their mothers; boys learn to be masculine from their fathers
Behavioral perspective Gender identity determined by trying to imitate a significant role model
Cognitive perspective children constantly try to make meaning out of information that they learn about gender
Gender Schema filtering perceptions of the world according to what is appropriate for females
Gender Role Stereotypes broad categories that reflect our impressions and beliefs about males and females
Androgyny the presence of desirable masculine and feminine characteristics in the same individual
Meta-analysis research shows (on a cognitive scale) differences within each gender are larger than the differences between each gender
Stereotype threat anxiety that influences member of a group concerned that their performance will confirm a negative stereotype
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