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It is often said that Dad treats his son and daughter differently. But the myth is really revealed and it is a topic.
According to a study published by the American Psychological Association, fathers have different interactions with their sons and daughters.
There has always been an imbalance in the way society's people treat men and women. This social phenomenon began when the family, the smallest unit in society, treated the son and daughter differently.
Jennifer Maskaro, a researcher at Emory College of Pharmacy, conducted a study of 52 participants, aged between the ages of 21 and 55, with a daughter or son aged between one and two. Thirty of the participants had a daughter and the remaining 22 had a son.
Study participants wore specially crafted belts during the day on weekdays and one day during the weekend. The belt is set to record 50 seconds of voice every 9 minutes and is run at random times to prevent participants from knowing when the recording device is activated.
The researchers also asked the children to fill the bedrooms with a tape recorder to record the participants' nighttime interactions. The researchers then collected the recorded interactions for two hours and photographed the participants' brains with magnetic resonance imaging. The record analyzes the differences in how the father treats his children.
Father's lovely girl
Participants were more affectionate about their daughter. They often used words related to howling, tears, and body parts such as navel, foot, and belly. Participants also used words that helped their daughters develop their complex language and analysis.
In addition, the participants sing for their daughter. In their magnetic resonance imaging analysis, the nervous response was strong when they saw pictures of their happy daughter. The responsive brain regions are areas for visual processing, emotion control, compensation, and face recognition.
Father's brave boy
Contrary to his daughter, the participants showed a difficulty in dealing with their son. In terms of language, the participants used words that were proud of their achievements, such as victory and success. They played with their son for three times more than their daughter-raising participants. And their games focused on the active physical activity of children, such as kicking and throwing.
Magnetic resonance imaging of the participants also showed a neutral response to the son's photograph.
On the other hand, these results may not be consistent with the way all other parents treat their children. Alan Kazdin, a professor of child psychiatry and director of the Yale Parenting Center, stressed that the number of participants is so small that they should not make hasty generalizations.
"The son and daughter are very different in every respect, and they start acting differently when they are young," she said in an interview with CBS News. But there are many factors that are not considered in this study, such as the age of the parents, the siblings of the child, and ethnicity. " This study has raised various questions that can be selected by academia as a research topic related to future childcare.