Gender Sex and Gender: Sex-role stereotypes. Androgyny and the bem sex Role Inventory The role of chromosomes

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However, there may be issues in concluding that the differences observed above are down to biological factors. We cannot establish a causal relationship between the chromosomal formation and the behaviour observed. It may actually be that environmental and social influences are more responsible for the behavioural differences seen in these individuals. For example social immaturity observed in females with Turner’s syndrome may arise from them being treated ‘immaturely’ by the people around them. Parents, teachers and others may react to the pre-pubescent appearance of people with Turner’s in a way that encourages immaturity and this may have an indirect impact upon their performance at school, hence the specific learning and developmental problems outlined as a feature of the disorder

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