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ERIC Number: EJ917139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Early Learning Experience and Adolescent Anxiety: A Cross-Cultural Comparison between Japan and England
Essau, Cecilia A.; Ishikawa, Shin-ichi; Sasagawa, Satoko
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v20 n2 p196-204 Apr 2011
The main aim of this study was to compare the frequency of anxiety symptoms among adolescents in Japan and England, and to examine the association between early learning experiences and anxiety symptoms. A total of 299 adolescents (147 from England and 152 from Japan), aged 12 to 17 years were investigated. Results showed that adolescents in England reported significantly higher levels of anxiety symptoms than adolescents in Japan. For early learning experiences, no significant differences emerged between the two countries for parent punishment and reinforcement of anxious behavior. However, for non-anxiety physical symptoms (i.e. cold), adolescents in England scored significantly higher in parent punishment and the Japanese sample scored higher in parent reinforcement. Parent verbal transmission about the danger of anxiety and cold symptoms was more common in Japan than in England. The impact of learning experience on adolescent's anxiety seemed to differ across cultures, which underscore the importance of cultural factors on adolescent's anxiety.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; United Kingdom (England)