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Girls' and Boys' Choices of Peer Behavioral Characteristics at Age Five

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Abstract:

We analyzed age differences in the behavioral profiles of the girls and boys chosen as play partners by same- and cross-sex peers at age 5 and the influence of these choices on subsequent behavior at 9 in a sample of 107 Spanish children. Girls chose girls who had an interest in resources and affective leadership, whereas boys chose boys interested in sport and rejected those preferring role-taking play. Both girls and boys who were preferred by boys at 5 showed low levels of maladaptive behaviors. We suggest that children's selection of the type of play and behavior of their same-sex peers could be considered a relevant mechanism for explaining the adaptive role of sex segregation during childhood.

Keywords: BEHAVIORAL CHARACTERISTICS; CHILDREN; PEER GROUPS; SEX-SEGREGATED PLAY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.10.1749

Publication date: 2012-11-01

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