Gender Appropriate and Inappropriate Behaviors
By: Rachel Richardson
Researchers have examined the issue of homosexuality being an outcome of disturbed gender identity or gender role. Researchers have attempted to present a link in a biological determinant and child behavior patterns which presumably lead to homosexuality (Paul 1993).
When children are around age they identify with the differences between boys and girls, at age 3 most label themselves boy or girl, by the age 4 most children will have a stable sense of gender identity. By this time children know which toys are used by their gender in today’s society things have changed as far as the “masculine” and “feminine” aspect due to behaviors in each culture and deems the “social norm” inaccurate.
The expectations for genders have changed but even still there are some expectations on boys and girls like sports for boys and dance for girls. Researchers call this “atypical” gender behavior and although some are influenced by behavior not all cases will grow up to be homosexual.
In some cases where behavior persist over adolescents into teen years the odds are more than doubled that the individual could end up being homosexual, however some even develop GID or Gender Identity Disorder (APA 2008).
Some negative consequences of each sex engaging in behaviors that are reserved for the opposite sex such as boys wearing dresses or girls playing football would be the effect of criticism that may arise out of their peers. One example would be if a little boy chooses to put on a dress and play outside with dolls chances are he will be ridiculed by his peers who are accustomed to the “typical” gender role of little boys in society.
The psychological problems will begin by the child trying to process the verbal abuse he/she has experienced by their peers. If the child continues to identify with the...