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The impact of gender on personality development

How does gender impact personality development? Remember to cite to support for your response.

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Gender impacts personality development early in life. From about age 2 to age 6 children begin to become aware of their gender and the behaviors and play styles that are commonly associated with their gender identities. The social context of family, school, peer groups and the media send messeages that are somewhat stereotypical. According to social learning theory, developed by theorist Albert Bandura boys generally observe and imitate behaviors that are considered masculine , especially from their fathers, and girls generally observe and imitate females, especially their mothers. When same sex behaviors are imitated by children it is acceptable but sometimes imitating ...

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One's gender can greatly influence the development of individual personality. The following solution discusses this impact.