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ERIC Number: EJ988696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Young Children's Perceptions of Social Withdrawal in China and Canada
Coplan, Robert J.; Zheng, Shujie; Weeks, Murray; Chen, Xinyin
Early Child Development and Care, v182 n5 p591-607 2012
The goal of the present study was to explore attitudes and responses to different forms of social withdrawal in China and Canada. Participants in this study were children in early elementary school in the People's Republic of China (n = 213; 113 boys, 100 girls, M[subscript age] = 6.11 years) and Canada (n = 162; 60 boys, 102 girls, M[subscript age] = 6.20 years). Children were presented with hypothetical vignettes describing the behaviours of "shy," "unsociable," and "socially competent" peers and responded to questions designed to assess their perceptions, attitudes, and responses. Results indicated that Chinese and Canadian children differed in their responses, particularly with regard to hypothetical unsociable peers. These findings shed some additional light on possible cross-cultural differences in the meaning and implications of different forms of social withdrawal. (Contains 2 notes, 3 tables, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; China