Infancy And Early Childhood Socialization

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Olufemi Agboola TQ 2 Infancy and Early Childhood Socialization (Yoder, 1999) Gender socialization is learning expected behaviors about one’s own sex based on society norms. Gender socialization has great impact on the health of both men and women. In our society, the assigned gender roles when adhered strictly can be detrimental to the overall mental and physical of health status of people. If males and females has to live within the society construct of what the roles of the genders should be, then there is great danger of not living a fulfil lives if one deviates from the assigned roles that the society demands. We know from available research that people tends to think of gender as natural and biological but that is not necessarily…show more content…
(John Hopkins, Bloomberg School of public health). While there are some truths or fact about that assertion, it is not entirely accurate at all to view that as feminine traits only. On the other hand, boys might be more physical and aggressive because it is expected for boys to prove their manliness. They face intense pressure to demonstrate their masculinity front birth. Boys are treated differently while the girls are supposed to be meek and not demonstrate unladylike qualities in public. Unfortunate for boys, the society expectation of aggressive male as seen in sports such as football manifest in violence on and off the field at an early age and other anti-social behaviors As stated above, the societal expectation for a male is to be aggressive, promiscuous, and combative. Some of these personality traits can lead to physical health problems, high blood pressure and violence. Research has shown that men with higher levels of aggression are more likely to develop hypertension. According to Friedman & Rosenman, women are frowned upon if they possess any of these “masculine” personality traits,. Gender socialization not only has an effect on physical health, it can impact parenting styles as well. (Yoder 1999). According to Yoder (1999) society views women as caring, and sensitive. As such, they are expected to
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