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Boys’ attention and prosocial behaviour linked to earnings 30 years later

The Conversation – Francis Vergunst

“New research, published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, shows that boys from low-income backgrounds who were inattentive in kindergarten had lower earnings at age 36 while boys who were prosocial earned more. The study was based on analysis of nearly 1,000 boys from low-income neighbourhoods of Montréal. The boys were assessed by kindergarten teachers at age six for inattention, hyperactivity, aggression, opposition and prosocial behaviours (such as being kind, helpful and considerate) and followed up for 30 years. The childhood behavioural assessments were then linked to their tax return records in adulthood.” (more)

How boys differ from girls in early development

The Santa Fe New Mexican – Paul Golding

“Two recent items published in The New Mexican point to the need for appreciating the differences between boys and girls early in life. Understanding these differences is essential to employing a biological, psychological and sociological orientation to address the costly failures of boys.” (more)

Boys with good motor skills excel at problem-solving, too

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Boys with good motor skills are better problem-solvers than their less skilful peers, a new study from Finland shows. In contrast to previous studies, the researchers found no association between aerobic fitness or overweight and obesity with cognitive function in boys. The results are based on the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) Study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland, and they were published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. ” (more)

Teacher: We must teach emotional literacy to boys. Here’s what happened when I tried.

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“A recent poll of American adolescents found most boys feel pressured to be strong and many feel they are expected to hide their emotions when they are sad. The Plan International USA poll, which surveyed 10- to 19-year-olds earlier this year, found that in 2018, boys still feel as if they are bound to project stereotypical male behaviors, even if they don’t want to.” (more)

Boys and girls share similar math abilities at young ages, study finds

University of Chicago News – David Mercer

“There has been much speculation about whether lower female participation rates in STEM fields can be traced to an innate male superiority in math and science. But a new University of Chicago study wanted to test whether boys and girls actually show different mathematical abilities at their earliest developmental stages.” (more)

Women Are Superior Wordsmiths From an Early Age

The Pacific Standard – Tom Jacobs

“Much has been written about the fact boys tend to perform better than girls at math. But this focus has largely overshadowed a larger and more worrisome gender gap in an even more fundamental domain: reading and writing. A new study featuring data on more than three million American students reports girls outperform boys in reading and writing skills in fourth grade, and that gap increases over their next eight years of schooling.” (more)