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A new look at the old "little emperor": Developmental changes in the personality of only children in China
Zhang, YC; Kohnstamm, GA; Cheung, PC; Lau, S; Y. C. Zhang
2001
Source PublicationSOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY
ISSN0301-2212
SubtypeArticle
Volume29Issue:7Pages:725-731
AbstractIn order to study the perception of Chinese parents of their children, audio-taped free descriptions of children's personality characteristics were obtained from 401 Chinese parents living in Beijing and Fuzhou. The free descriptions by parents showed that, as children's age increased, different categories of descriptors were typically used. Only for children at ages 3-5 did negative descriptors associated with the so-called "little emperor" stereotype prevail in parents' free descriptions. On the other hand, the proportion of negative descriptors in the Conscientiousness category increased with children's age. This was an indication of the persisting importance given by Chinese parents to characteristics associated with school performance, effort, and diligence. The results showed that there were no signs of a spoiling attitude in Chinese parents. The high proportions of negative descriptions given by Chinese parents should be interpreted as an expression of great concern for the future of their children, rather than as a sign of hostility towards their children.; In order to study the perception of Chinese parents of their children, audio-taped free descriptions of children's personality characteristics were obtained from 401 Chinese parents living in Beijing and Fuzhou. The free descriptions by parents showed that, as children's age increased, different categories of descriptors were typically used. Only for children at ages 3-5 did negative descriptors associated with the so-called "little emperor" stereotype prevail in parents' free descriptions. On the other hand, the proportion of negative descriptors in the Conscientiousness category increased with children's age. This was an indication of the persisting importance given by Chinese parents to characteristics associated with school performance, effort, and diligence. The results showed that there were no signs of a spoiling attitude in Chinese parents. The high proportions of negative descriptions given by Chinese parents should be interpreted as an expression of great concern for the future of their children, rather than as a sign of hostility towards their children.
Keywordachievement
Subject Area发展心理学 ; 人格心理学
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000171603500010
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/5131
Collection中国科学院心理研究所回溯数据库(1956-2010)
Corresponding AuthorY. C. Zhang
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Chaoyang, Peoples R China
2.Leiden Univ, NL-2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands
3.Chinese Univ Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
4.Hong Kong Baptist Univ, Ctr Child Dev, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
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Zhang, YC,Kohnstamm, GA,Cheung, PC,et al. A new look at the old "little emperor": Developmental changes in the personality of only children in China[J]. SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY,2001,29(7):725-731.
APA Zhang, YC,Kohnstamm, GA,Cheung, PC,Lau, S,&Y. C. Zhang.(2001).A new look at the old "little emperor": Developmental changes in the personality of only children in China.SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY,29(7),725-731.
MLA Zhang, YC,et al."A new look at the old "little emperor": Developmental changes in the personality of only children in China".SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY 29.7(2001):725-731.
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