Aug 9, 2019
Another goal for the #metoo movement is suggested by the latest study from Yale psychologists. As research subjects observed a video of the very same child being subjected to the classic, old fashioned medical torture, the fingerstick, but identified as either Samuel or Samantha, the majority of observers, both men and women, believe that the girl Samantha felt less pain than the boy Samuel.
This gender bias result is in synch with similar impressions of adults experiencing pain. The result can be explained by the widespread misconception that boys are more stoic than girls, and it would take greater pain to elicit the same response in the male.
Parents of girls and significant others of women undergoing procedures need to advocate for their child or partner if they feel that the pain management being offered is insufficient whether or not it’s due to gender bias.
Brian D Earp, Joshua T Monrad, Marianne LaFrance, John A Bargh, Lindsey L Cohen, Jennifer A Richeson. Gender Bias in Pediatric Pain Assessment. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 2019; DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy104
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