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ERIC Number: EJ888438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Chinese Children's Conceptions of Shyness: A Prototype Approach
Xu, Yiyuan; Farver, Jo Ann M.; Yang, Yu; Zeng, Qiang
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v54 n4 p515-544 Oct 2008
Three studies were conducted to explore Chinese children's understanding of shyness. In Study 1 (N = 174, M age = 10.18) interviews with Chinese children revealed a group of diverse attributes that characterized their conceptions of shyness. In Study 2 (N = 273, M age = 10.19) a rating procedure was used to identify attributes that were prototypical of a Chinese shy child. Study 3 (N = 216, M age = 10.24) explored the typology and dimensions underlying Chinese children's descriptions of a shy child by asking them to compare and rate the similarity of shyness attributes derived in Study 1 and Study 2. The findings suggest that there are both cultural similarities and variations in children's conceptions of shyness. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China