Psychology & Psychiatry

Muscle-building linked to weapon carrying and physical fighting

Gun violence and school violence have been on the rise since the pandemic, as have eating disorders and body image issues among adolescents—which includes an emphasis on muscularity as today's body ideal for many boys. ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Screen time linked to autism spectrum disorder in boys

(HealthDay)—Screen time is significantly associated with autism spectrum disorder among boys at age 3 years, according to a study published online Jan. 31 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Pandemic family stress leads to sleep problems for boys

Lockdowns and economic stress have contributed to the rise of child abuse and neglectful parenting behaviors during the pandemic, with an increase in family violence reported in multiple studies.

Pediatrics

Play ball! (It's good for you)

Boys who participate in sports in early childhood are less likely to experience later depressive and anxiety symptoms—known as emotional distress—in middle childhood, a new study led by Université de Montréal psychoeducator ...

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Future fertility of obese boys may be protected by early weight loss

Reproductive function in boys with obesity may be improved through weight loss, which could protect their fertility in adulthood, according to research presented today at the 59th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology ...

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Boy

A boy is a young male human (usually child or adolescent), as contrasted to its female counterpart, girl, or an adult male, a man.

The term "boy" is primarily used to indicate biological sex distinctions, cultural gender role distinctions or both. The latter most commonly applies to adult men, either considered in some way immature or inferior, in a position associated with aspects of boyhood, or even without such boyish connotation as age-indiscriminate synonym. The term can be joined with a variety of other words to form these gender-related labels as compound words. Ongoing debates about the influences of nature versus nurture in shaping the behavior of girls and boys raises questions about whether the roles played by boys are mainly the result of inborn differences or of socialization. Images of boys in art, literature and popular culture often demonstrate assumptions about gender roles.

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