How is your son? What character traits does it have? Simple questions that find very different answers depending on the country in which they are placed. The Atlantic published the results of an international survey that interviewed parents from different countries around the world.
Question: What words would you use to define your child?
The result is really interesting.
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And basically it is not surprising that a American parent you use words like clever and full of questions.
In fact, in American society, great importance is given to intellectual abilities from an early age, while Europeans are more attentive to the emotionality and psychological aspect of the child, and in fact use adjectives such as balanced and happy more frequently (READ).
The study was led by Sara Harkness and Charles M. Super of the University of Connecticut School of Family Studies and showed that Americans are more likely to focus onintelligence children and their cognitive abilities, but are less likely to describe them as happy or balanced.
American researchers have no doubts: in the United States there is almost an obsession with the cognitive development of children in the first years of life, while Europeans are more “easy“and more attentive to the affective and emotional development of the child.
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The researchers compiled a list of adjectives who submitted to 60 families from six different countries and asked parents to choose the ones they could best define their children.
It turns out that the Americans give a lot of importance to words intelligent, while in other countries they have focused more on happiness, ease of management, balanced and Italy is the only country in which parents have also used “friendly“, demonstrating how much Italian parents also give importance to the social and emotional skills of children.