(STUDY FINDS) -- NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Does gender play a role in how adults tend to children after suffering a boo-boo? A study by Yale psychologists find that people seem to take young girls’ pain less seriously than they would a boy.
The authors suggest cultural beliefs that “boys are more stoic” and “girls are more emotive” could be behind the behavior.
For the study, researchers showed 264 adults ages 18 to 75 (136 female, 128 male) a video of a child receiving a finger-stick at a pre-kindergarten doctor’s visit. The gender of the child in the video was not made clear to the participants, but about half were told the child’s name was “Samantha,” while the other group was told it was “Samuel.” (Another study determined that just 58% of participants were able to correctly determine the child in the video was actually a girl.)
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