Early Androgens Are Related to Childhood Sex-Typed Toy Preferences

Sheri A. Berenbaum, Melissa Hines

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Girls with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) who were exposed to high levels of androgen in the prenatal and early postnatal periods showed increased play with boys toys and reduced play with girls’ toys compared with their unexposed female relatives at ages 3 to 8. Boys with CAH did not differ from their male relatives in play with boys’ or girls’ toys. These results suggest that early hormone exposure in females has a masculinizing effect on sex-typed toy preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-206
Number of pages4
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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