Gender Identity and Sex Roles

  • Marion O’Brien
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


Although infants are born with an identifiable gender, they must acquire a gender-role identity. Recent trends toward feminism, along with an increased emphasis on studying human development across the lifespan, have made it clear that an individual’s gender-role identity involves more than simply recognizing oneself as male or female. Further, adoption of attitudes and behaviors that are associated with gender roles is a lifelong process, one that profoundly influences the nature of an individual’s transactions with others.


Gender Role Child Development Gender Identity Early Adolescence Gender Category 
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  • Marion O’Brien
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  1. 1.Department of Human DevelopmentUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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