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J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1991 May;32(4):645-54.

Adult attitudes toward over- and undercontrolled child problems: urban and rural parents and teachers from Thailand and the United States.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, UCLA 90024-1563.


In a study of adult attitudes, urban and rural parents and teachers in Thailand and the U.S. made judgments about two children, one with overcontrolled problems (e.g. shyness, fear), one with undercontrolled problems (e.g. disobedience, fighting). Consistent with previous literature, Thais (vs Americans) rated problems of both types less serious, less worrisome, less likely to reflect personality traits, and more likely to improve with time. Urban-rural differences and parent-teacher differences had negligible impact. The findings suggest that certain cultural differences in adult attitudes toward child problems may be robust across parents and teachers and across urban and rural settings.

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