Magazine article Work & Family Life

Here's the Latest Word on the the Nature-Nurture Debate

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Here's the Latest Word on the the Nature-Nurture Debate

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In what ways do girls mature faster than boys and why? Who's fussier during infancy, boys or girls? Are boys more competitive?Are girls more emotional?Are boys better in math? How do parents treat their sons and daughters differently? These are some of the many questions answered in this fascinating, easy-to-- read new book, A Field Guide to Boys and Girls, by science writer Susan Gilbert. She has brought together the latest research on gender development from infancy through age 12, providing invaluable information as to how nature and nurture interact to make girls and boys different in some ways and similar in others (see page 1).

While the author acknowledges that some people feel it's politically incorrect to talk about gender differences, her view is that research findings can help parents, teachers and other adults better understand children. …

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