Nature vs. Nurture in Gender Development

An analysis of the impacts of nature and nurture on a child’s gender development.

This paper is about the role of nature and nurture in gender development. The author examines aspects such as socialization and biological traits that impact on a child’s gender development.
“Gender is defined as the differences in traits and behaviors that males and females are presumed to have. In childhood years, gender is a large part of life. At a young age, children begin to establish their gender identity, or perceptions of themselves as masculine or feminine. They begin to establish roles that coincide with their gender. A girl for example may learn to cook and clean. On the other hand, a boy may learn to fight or play sports. The gender development children go through during the young ages is a discerning factor in the rest of their life. Both nature and nurture contribute to this development.”