Nature and nurture: why do boys and girls behave differently?

5 Mar 2012

Boys and girls behave differently, and parenting practices vary depending on the gender of the child, writes Gehan Roberts of the Conversation.


New evidence is emerging that confirms what parents and children have reported for generations:  Boys seem to have more behavioural problems than girls, and this difference appears in early childhood.

The results come from the latest round of data released from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), Australia’s first nationally representative long-term study of child development involving almost 10,000 children from birth to nine years of age.

But before we delve into the findings, there are a few important points to remember when examining the differences between boys and girls.


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