Study: Gender stereotypes bias adults' perception of pediatric pain

A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and featured by CNN builds on previous research, confirming adults believe girls show more emotion and boys are more stoic when expressing pain.

Researchers replicated a 2014 study with a broader sample of participants. In the study, participants are shown a video of a child getting their finger pricked. When told the child had a boy's name, participants rated the pain level of the child higher than when they were told the child was a girl.

The lead author of the study told CNN the research confirms gender stereotypes are often at work when adults are assessing a child's pain level. 

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