Prenatal hormones and childhood sex segregation : playmate and play style preferences in girls with congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Pasterski, Vickie, Geffner, Mitchell E., Brain, Caroline, Hindmarsh, Peter, Brook, Charles and Hines, Melissa. (2011) Prenatal hormones and childhood sex segregation : playmate and play style preferences in girls with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Hormones and Behavior, Vol.59 (No.4). pp. 549-555. ISSN 0018-506XFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2011.02.007
We investigated playmate and play style preference in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) (26 females, 31 males) and their unaffected siblings (26 females, 17 males) using the Playmate and Play Style Preferences Structured Interview (PPPSI). Both unaffected boys and girls preferred same-sex playmates and sex-typical play styles. In the conflict condition where children chose between a same-sex playmate engaged in an other-sex activity or an other-sex playmate engaged in a same-sex activity, boys (both CAH and unaffected brothers) almost exclusively chose playmates based on the preferred play style of the playmate as opposed to the preferred gender label of the playmate. By contrast, unaffected girls used play style and gender label about equally when choosing playmates. Girls with CAH showed a pattern similar to that of boys: their playmate selections were more masculine than unaffected girls, they preferred a boy-typical play style and, in the conflict condition, chose playmates engaged in a masculine activity. These findings suggest that prenatal androgen exposure contributes to sex differences in playmate selection observed in typically developing children and that, among boys and girls exposed to high levels of androgens prenatally, play style preferences drive sex segregation in play. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Hormones and Behavior|
|Official Date:||April 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 549-555|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||USPHS , Cambridge University|
|Grant number:||HD24542 (USPHS)|
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