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Selfish youth blamed on one-child policy

LOCAL education experts have blamed China's one-child policy for many children's inability to get along with others.

In a survey by Shanghai Normal University, students' willingness to cooperate with others scored 4.14 points out of total of six points.

"The one-child policy made lots of children self-centered," said Lu Jiamei, director of the school's Psychology Research Institute.

"The competition-focused education system also impedes the cultivation of a cooperative spirit."

Experts also called for improvements in moral education as students' integrity scored even lower -- 3.94 points -- only a little above the neutral 3.5 points.

"Students can tell right from wrong, but they seemed to be influenced by the social philosophy to mind their own business to play safe," Lu said.

They might also not stand up to help others or stop wrongdoing in the future, Lu said.

The research institute studied 29 emotions in the young, including happiness and sociability, based on questionnaire surveys of 25,485 students from 117 schools nationwide, including 2,000 local students.

Researchers compared the performance of students in the country's modern cities with those in rural developing areas and found them to be generally the same.

They also found students' confidence, their interest in studies and other emotions decreased as they grew older.


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