Gender Development is the first book to examine gender from a truly developmental perspective. It looks at the processes involved in the development of gender, addressing sensitive and complex questions. The authors provide an up-to-date integrative review of theory and research, tracing gender development from the moment of conception through adulthood and emphasizing the complex interaction for biology, socialization, and cognition. The topics covered include hormonal influences, moral development, play and friendships, experiences at school and work and psychopathology. This comprehensive overview will fill a real need for a textbook and sourcebook for college and graduate students, parents, teachers, counselors and researchers.
"...a very useful review of classic and current literature and research on gender development. Their focus is primarily on psychology and social psychology. The book covers gender development from prenatal processes, through play, friendship and intimate relationships, to school and work. Chapters include discussion of theoretical issues and summaries of theoretically relevant research. The authors write clearly and carefully without ignoring the complexities of their material. This work is unusual in that sexual orientation is discussed in the treatment of gender development and sexuality. The introduction contains excellent assessments of measurement isues and bias in gender research. The bibliography covers a range of Western European and American sources. " J.A. Brown, Choice