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Citation

DeLoache JS, Simcock G, Macari S. Dev. Psychol. 2007; 43(6): 1579-1586.

Affiliation

Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4400, USA. jdeloache@virginia.edu

Erratum On

Dev Psychol 2008;44(1):217.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2007, American Psychological Association)

DOI

10.1037/0012-1649.43.6.1579

PMID

18020834

Abstract

Some normally developing young children show an intense, passionate interest in a particular category of objects or activities. The present article documents the existence of extremely intense interests that emerge very early in life and establishes some of the basic parameters of the phenomenon. Surveys and interviews with 177 parents revealed that nearly one third of young children have extremely intense interests. The nature of these intense interests is described, with particular focus on their emergence, commonalities in the content of the interests, and the reactions of other people to them. One of the most striking findings is a large gender difference: Extremely intense interests are much more common for young boys than for girls.


Language: en

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