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ERIC Number: ED191591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Child Rearing and Individuality Among Suburban Malays.
Banks, David J.; Banks, Ellen
This study focuses on Malaysians' perceptions of individuality in their children and on general characteristics of Malaysian child training practices. Research was carried out in three adjoining villages where well over half of the income of residents is derived from wage and salaried employment in industrial towns. The study consisted of interviews with over 30 mothers (or other caretakers) of more than 40 children, half of whom were under the age of two and the other half spread across the preschool years. Subjects were selected by going from house to house and enquiring about families with young children. The final interview schedule concerned six areas of behavior: feeding, sleep, bathing and dressing, strangers, sensitivity and illness, plus a general summary category called personality. All interview sessions were taped. Informants stated that children were similar with respect to cleanliness, playing with others, and sleeping with parents, but that individuality among children was evident in their eating patterns, shyness or friendliness toward strangers, patterns of illness and speed of recovery, activity level and motor skills, and mood. Generally, Malaysian parents expect and encourage individual differences in children. They use language to control their children's behavior and provide easily understood reasons for warnings and restrictions. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)