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ERIC Number: ED415981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 15
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Spoiled or Spectacular? A Look at the Only Child.
Rivera, Maida; Carrasquillo, Jeanette
The only child has traditionally been thought to lack appropriate social skills, self-esteem, or friends. Recent research, as summarized in this paper, contradicts these popular beliefs. In level of achievement and intelligence, only-children appear to have an advantage over children with siblings; research on their sociability and self-esteem has also revealed positive aspects. An interview conducted with parents and teachers of 10 4-year-old only-children in a Bronx Head Start program showed that stereotypes against only children are still influencing popular opinion. Teachers viewed only-children as more attention-seeking, more mature and intelligent, and tending to have undeveloped social skills. Parents expressed concern about their children's social skills, need for attention, and shortage of playmates, but felt that higher lifestyles and maturity levels were benefits of being only-children. (Includes recommendations for making the only-child's experience a positive one. Contains 27 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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