week 6 forum CHFD 307.docx - Kalee Mycal Ewald Professor Isom CHFD 307 February 5th 2017 Gender and Peer Relationships A lot of people usually think

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Kalee Mycal Ewald Professor Isom CHFD 307 February 5 th , 2017 Gender and Peer Relationships A lot of people usually think that sexual development does not become an important issue until puberty and adolescence. However, children begin showing sexual behavior and interest in their sexual functioning starting in infancy. Development of gender identity and sexuality cuts across physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development extents. Kohlberg’s theory of gender identity development describes how young children learn to understand their gender, and what being that gender means for them. During the preschool years, children engage in gender labeling (telling the difference between boys and girls). They believe though that gender can change, and the label isn’t permanent. As they get older, they understand that gender is stable overtime. By early school years, most children understand gender consistency, the idea that they are one gender and will remain that gender for life. Piaget's theory can be applied to the

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