The Developmental Debate on Gender Identification

Respond to this week’s discussion prompt: There is debate among developmental theorists as to what influences thoughts and behavior related to

gender. For example, what influences a child to play with a doll versus a truck, or what influences a child to engage in active play versus

passive play? Do we make these choices because of innate desires determined by biological factors, or is it because we have become socially

conditioned to make certain choices? Review and identify the positions that developmental theorists take regarding the influences of gender, and

describe what you believe influences gender identity most. Elaborate on your answer.

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