Social scientists are expressing alarm that parents could be downplaying concerns about boys in a society that increasingly values gender equality, according to a new national study.
The sixth annual American Family Survey, a nationwide study of 3,000 Americans, was conducted by YouGov for the Deseret News and the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University.
Researchers questioned parents separately about concerns about boys only, girls only, and boys and girls together. When asked about boys and girls together, 36% of parents reported concerns about boys and 35% about girls. But when asked about boys only, 45% noted concerns, compared with 30% for the girls-only question.