Sex Differences in Social Interaction Between Infant Monkeys and Their Mothers

  • Gordon D. Jensen
  • Ruth A. Bobbitt
  • Betty N. Gordon


Knowledge of the origin and development of sex differences in children is important in a dynamic formulation of social behavior. Although there is widespread belief that infant boys behave differently from girls, only scattered empirical evidence supports this view [1, 2]. The psychosocial theories of the origin of behavioral differences between the sexes emphasize cultural influences and psychological experience in terms of the parent’s, particularly the mother’s, attitudes and behaviors toward the child [3–5]. Animal behaviorists investigating sex differences have, on the other hand, emphasized unlearned or innate processes, particularly those effected and mediated by sex hormones [6, 7]. This gulf between developmental theories based on humans and on animal research appears to be large and resembles the old polarity between learned and innate determinants of behavior.


Combine Group Male Infant Rich Environment Developmental Trend Privation Group 
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  • Gordon D. Jensen
  • Ruth A. Bobbitt
  • Betty N. Gordon

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