January 30, 2014

Britain's Accidental One-Child Policy

Alec Marsh, The Spectator

The Associated Press

What will life be like in this reduced-child, ageing Britain? A glance at China’s 35-year-old experiment in population control shows that it’s not necessarily good news. A study published last year in Science endorsed the Chinese media stories about ‘Little Emperor Syndrome’ in the generation of children born after the introduction of the one-child policy in 1979, who have been lavished with attention from their elders. The authors concluded that the children of this policy grew up to be ‘less trusting, less trustworthy, more risk averse, less competitive, more pessimistic and less conscientious’. Crucially, the scientists said that the existence of cousins and socialisation in childcare did not compensate for the absence of siblings. So this may not...

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