Gender Differences Of Gender And Social Behavior

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Gender Differences There are various differences between genders; physiologically, psychologically, etc. Leaper (1991) conducted a study that examined age, gender, and partner differences. The experiment consisted of 138 participants, median age of 5 and 7 years old. Leaper recorded and quantified speech acts into four categories; collaborative (affiliate involvement and direct influence), controlling (distancing involvement and direct influence), obliging (affiliate involvement and non-direct influence), and withdrawing (distancing involvement and non-direct influence). He found that communication patterns between both genders were similar at the early childhood versus middle childhood. Leaper 's findings showed that gender differences progressed through time and communication patterns changed as the child grew. Developmental and contextual accounts of gender and social behavior cause these gender differences. In similar studies, researchers have argued that there are gender differences in communication styles (Tannen, 1990). Michaud and Warner (1997) conducted a study to expand on this topic. A survey of self-reported responses, were administered to a total of 384 individuals, ranging from 14 to 79 years old; the majority of the participants were Caucasian college students. This study supported Tannen 's predictions; the results showed that there are significant statistical differences. The differences in gender were statistically significant, however, the effect sizes
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