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ERIC Number: EJ1179891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Social Sensitivity and Social, School, and Psychological Adjustment among Children across Contexts
Chen, Xinyin; Fu, Rui; Liu, Junsheng; Wang, Li; Zarbatany, Lynne; Ellis, Wendy
Developmental Psychology, v54 n6 p1124-1134 Jun 2018
This study examined relations of social sensitivity to social, school, and psychological adjustment in rural Chinese, urban Chinese, and Canadian children. Participants were 4th to 6th grade students (M[subscript age] = 11 years) in China (n = 593 and 443 for the rural and urban samples) and Canada (n = 325). A self-report measure of social sensitivity was developed for the study. In addition to data on social sensitivity, information on adjustment was obtained from multiple sources. The analyses revealed that social sensitivity was associated with positive adjustment in rural Chinese children but with adjustment problems in Canadian children. The relations were largely mixed and nonsignificant in urban Chinese children. These results indicate the role of context in defining the functional meaning of children's social sensitivity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Perception Profile for Children; Childrens Depression Inventory
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