Boys more vulnerable


London - Males are more vulnerable than females from the moment they are conceived, meaning parents should treat them more sensitively than they do, researchers said yesterday.

Dr Sebastian Kraemer, consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock and Portman National Health Service Trust in England, said people were still ignorant of the biological and social disadvantages faced by the supposedly stronger sex. "The attitude still is that if he is a boy then he will be a bit tougher," he said. Dr Kraemer's study, The Fragile Male, was published in the British Medical Journal.