By Nicole Brewer

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Your parents will probably deny it, but in most families there’s a favorite.

“Definitely me,” said Jess Dochney of South Jersey

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“And me,” said Kelly Davis of Nashville.

“I think I’m more of a doormat for all of them,” joked Fred Melton of Philadelphia.

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From momma’s boys to daddy’s little girl, a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology suggests it’s the opposite!

In a series of experiments, researchers found that when it comes to spending money, most favor the child of the same sex.

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When given the choice, most mothers gifted their daughters a $25 treasury bond, while fathers passed it down to their sons. Subsequent experiments showed parents favored their same sex child when it came to estate planning and raffle gifts.

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While the findings were specific to families, researchers say the bias could impact the workplace, with female bosses hiring more women and men being more likely to hire male employees.

“I think they need to hire best person for job, despite whether they’re a man or woman,” said Carl Money of Texas.

“I don’t even know why we have to check male or female during hiring process,” added Dochney.


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