Gendered Language Development: Differences and Consequences

Date: 7/26/2013
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This session explores differences in the way we communicate with male and female children and how these differences influence the way males and females learn to communicate with the opposite sex. We will examine the resulting difficulty men and women often experience in understanding each other and discuss ways we can avoid these destructive patterns. Based on empirical research, this session emphasizes that communication differences are a result of socialization, not to the oft cited idea that males and females originate on different planets or that we are different in our very essence.

This session explores differences in the way we communicate with male and female children and how these differences influence the way males and females learn to communicate with the opposite sex. We will examine the resulting difficulty men and women often experience in understanding each other and discuss ways we can avoid these destructive patterns. Based on empirical research, this session emphasizes that communication differences are a result of socialization, not to the oft cited idea that males and females originate on different planets or that we are different in our very essence.

Susan Howell Susan Howell, EdD, is professor of psychology at Campbellsville University, where she teaches classes in gender, development, and the integration of psychology with faith. Susan has written for CBE publications, professional journals, and several devotional magazines.