Fabes, R., Martin, C., & Hanish, L. (2004). The Next 50 Years: Considering Gender as a Context for Understanding Young Children's Peer Relationships. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 50(3), 260-273. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.
The article that I read was about socialization of children in their early childhood years. With a focus on how gender relates to development. This article provided insight into the mind of a child and their tendencies to have same-sex peer socialization. I was able to relate this article to the chapters on cognitive and social development, as well as to the chapter on peer relationships that we learned about.
I chose this article because it helped me to realize the importance of having good relationships with people of the same sex from an early age. I was able to see how my emotional development and the way that I go about things are highly correlated to the peer relationships that I fostered early on in life. I was interested in seeing if gender plays a role in the way that men and women behave, and this article helped me to look deeper into that.
During early childhood, children have a tendency to play with children of the same sex. At around three years of age, sex segregation begins. This means that kids will engage in heterosexual relationships with children of the same sex. This preference is driven by children and not by adults. When adults are not immediately present, interaction and play among children is more prevalent.
Piaget, one of the main contributors to cognitive development, believed that children based adults’ beliefs and regulations on obedience, verses peer relationships, which are more engaging in open discussion and even polite criticism. From this article, I saw that these same sex relationships are vital to a healthy development. Children are prone to learn, and do so... [continues]
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