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The Real Difference Between Boys and Girls by pengxuebo

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									   The Real Difference
Between Boys and Girls
      By: Julie Clerge
The Brain
                 Neurology
• Female brains are more compact than male
  brains in that, though smaller, they are more
  densely packed with neurons, particularly in the
  region responsible for language. Also, females
  have language functions evenly distributed in
  both cerebral hemispheres.
• While in males, they are more concentrated in
  the left hemisphere. This puts males more at risk
  for language disorders like dyslexia
                   Communication
• Deborah Tannen’s studies found these gender differences in
  communication styles:
• Men tend to talk more than women in public situations, but
  women tend to talk more than men at home.
• Females are more inclined to face each other and make eye
  contact when talking, while males are more likely to look
  away from each other.
• Boys tend to jump from topic to topic, but girls tend to talk at
  length about one topic.
• When listening, women make more noises such as “mm-
  hmm” and “uh-huh”, while men are more likely to listen
  silently.
• Women are inclined to express agreement and support, while
  men are more inclined to debate.
Social Development
      Popular Misconceptions
• “Girls often get a bad rap for gossiping,
  forming cliques, and other aggressive
  social behavior, as characterized in the
  popular movie Mean Girls.

• Boys, meanwhile, are known for physically
  aggressive behavior, such as hitting”
    TRUTH OF THE MATTER
• “These attitudes may be at least partly
  unfounded. While boys are indeed more
  physically aggressive, girls and boys are equally
  guilty of aggressive social behavior, according to
  the report published in Child Development.”
• The indirect aggression that girls tend to use
  can be just as damaging, if not more damaging
  than the direct aggression boys may use.
                    Friendship

•   When engaged in social activities such as recess, boys
    and girls have very different ways of interrelating. Boys
    prefer large groups that often have one or two children
    in charge. This may be due to the boys' need to
    maintain personal space between themselves and
    friends and to conceal their feelings
•   Whereas girls enjoy personal connections in smaller
    groupings with special importance placed on a best
    friend.. Girls share their emotions with close friends and
    thrive on these warm personal relationships
How to Protect our Youth
      Important Protective Factors
            for All Students
• Positive adult relationships
• Engagement and competence in pro-social
  activities
• Taking leadership roles
• QUANITY o resource/protective factors




 For boys and girls of all cultural background/ethnicity
       Most Important Protective
           Factors for Girls
•   Support from a caring adult
•   Success in school
•   Family and school connectedness
•   “Religion”

 Most effective for younger adolescences
NOW WHAT DOES
 THESE “RANDOM”
FACTS HAVE TO DO
WITH ANYTHING?!!!
       I’m glad you asked….
• Well, if we understand the differences
  between the way boys and girls
  understand different aspects of life, it
  allows us to aid them in a way that is
  beneficial for them. Which allows us to do
  our job more effectively….
                                 Sources
Websites
1.   http://www.parenting.com/article/Baby/Development/The-Real-Difference-Between-Boys-and-
     Girls
2.   http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=92733
3.   Adolescent Girls’ Brain and Psychosocial Development Workshop (Penny Haney Ph.D.)
4.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_differences#Neurology
5.   http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/wiki/Social_differences_in_gender_roles--Part_2_%28A12%29

								
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