Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why are Indian children better behaved than White ones?

Previous research has shown that, on average, British Indian children are better behaved than White ones but no one knows why. A team of researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine tried to get to the bottom of this in a study of 14,197 children aged between five and 16, 361 of whom were British Indian. The British Indian children had less behaviour problems although they were just as likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Part, although not all, of the British Indian children's advantage was that they were more likely to live in two-parent families and had better academic performance. While less well-off White families were more likely to have badly-behaved children less well-off Indian ones were not.

Goodman, Anna, Patel, Vikram and Leon, David A. - Why do British Indian children have an apparent mental health advantage? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry October 2010, 51(10), 1171-1183

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