BP 7

BP 7

Reflecting on specific gender messages in your culture, clearly name 2 messages that are restrictive and 2 that inspire inclusivity.  Cite at least one supporting example from the text as evidence for your ideas.

Within the American culture, it is socially acceptable for young boys to be active and masculine in their behavior. Young girls are expected to be more reserved and feminine. Both messages can be restrictive. As children grow into adolescents, there is more intolerance for those outside of these norms. Broderick & Blewitt (2015) cited that boys are likely to be rejected for behaving in feminine ways but girls who act in more masculine ways tend to be accepted by peers. This could account for girls with social anxiety and shyness to be perceived as normal (as cited in Broderick & Blewitt). More inclusive messages that are prevalent in American culture are the ideas that children should be individuals and encouraged to speak up for themselves. This is different from collectivistic cultures such as China where children are not encouraged to act on their own behalf (Broderick & Blewitt 2015). Also in American culture, aggression isn’t always seen as a negative aspect to personality. If both male and female children are perceived as aggressive, they should also possess other positive competencies. They could then be seen as popular and be considered part of the controversial category of social status (Broderick & Blewitt 2015). It’s important to note as professionals, care must be taken to be aware of cultural differences between clients. Children should be taught perspective taking in order to better facilitate positive peer interactions with people from different cultures.


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