Gender Socialization and Aggression in Relation to Peer Sexual Harassment
Different societal institutions, including, family, schools, media, and peer groups help socialize children. It is almost evident that girls are often socialized differently than boys; this can be called gender socialization. This often creates division the sexes, making a gap between the two sexes. Often times when put in the same proximity, this gap can cause confusion and negative relationships. In this study, the main difference in focus is aggression in boys and girls. Boys are more physically overt in aggression opting to hitting or pushing as wells of expressing hostility. Girls are apt to show what is called relational aggression-actions such as snubbing, exclusion, withdrawing acceptance, or spreading rumors that are aimed at damaging an adversary's self-esteem, friendships, or social status (Shaffer, 2000, p. 292). This paper is an extensive literature review. I utilized various sources to discuss the topic of aggression, which may be cause by gender socialization, and its relation to peer sexual harassment.
Grambling State University
Psychology & Sociology
Dr. Philip C. Rodkin
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