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Study Looks at Effects of China's One-Child Policy

By January 14, 2013

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A study on children born under China's one-child policy/a> has found them to be less trusting, more risk -averse, and more pessimistic than children born before the policy went into effect, according to LiveScience.com.

The findings match some stereotypes of China's 'Little Emperors,' a group of self-absorbed and coddled children that have been born and raised as only children under China's One-Child policy, enacted to control China's population. Researchers used economic games to measure altruism, trust, trustworthiness, competitiveness and attitudes toward risk in people born before 1979 and after the policy went into effect. What it found was vast differences in the two group's approach to life and points to a generation that is more coddled than generations past.

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