Guy Talk: What About The Boys?

How does your typical nine-year-old boy react to the sight of a female classmate who towers over him and is sprouting breasts? Many boys may barely notice, so immersed are they in soccer, video games and other pleasures of the so-called latency period--the grade-school years when youngsters pay little heed to the opposite sex. "Boys of that age tend to regard girls almost like members of a different species," says Dr. Glenn Elliott, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. "They really don't have much concept of sex."

But in the absence of studies...

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