Maternal behavior and perceived sex of infant.

  title={Maternal behavior and perceived sex of infant.},
  author={James A. Will and A D Self and N. Datan},
  journal={The American journal of orthopsychiatry},
  volume={46 1},
Eleven mothers interacted with one six-month-old male infant, dresses either as a male or female. Differences were found in overall maternal stimulation and toy handling as a function of perceived sex of the baby. Mothers interviewed reported that treatment of their own infants was not differentiated by sex. Results indicate that mothers behave according to their expectations rather than infant cues, although unaware of their stereotyping.