Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The present study focuses on published materials of the last 15 years, concerning academic achievement of American and Chinese only children. Academic profiles of the only children of the two countries are compared and major causal factors of their academic outcomes are discussed. The topics examine a) family configuration, b) parent-child relationship, c) parent SES, and d) school quality. Results of this investigation indicate that only children in China and the United States enjoy advantages in academic development compared with non-only children, but that various factors impact on academic outcomes in diverse ways. As predicted, some factors such as family size and parents' education, clearly contribute to children's cognitive development. But this relationship is complex; in fact the data indicate that economic factors may substantially explain what initially appears to be a birth order effect.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
General Educational Psychology
Charles V. L. Dedrick
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©1994 Jiyu Yang
Yang, Jiyu, "A comparison and analysis of the academic profiles of only children in the Peoples' Republic of China and the United States" (1994). Graduate Research Papers. 3594.