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Title: THE APPLE OF DADDY AND MUMMY'S EYE: PARENTAL FAVOURITISM IN RELATION TO MORALITY, EMPATHY AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Authors: ESTHER ZENG HUI
Keywords: parental favouritism, morality, empathy, academic achievement
Issue Date: 12-Apr-2018
Citation: ESTHER ZENG HUI (2018-04-12). THE APPLE OF DADDY AND MUMMY'S EYE: PARENTAL FAVOURITISM IN RELATION TO MORALITY, EMPATHY AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Parental favouritism has been a popular topic in past literature due to its presence throughout society and its potential effects on child development. This study attempts to examine the birth order and gender effects on parental favouritism, and it is the first study to extend previous research in this area by studying its relation to morality, empathy and academic achievement. 67 males and 116 females completed a set of online questionnaires measuring demographics (e.g. gender, birth order, family structure) and the levels of perceived parental favouritism, moral reasoning, empathy and academic results. One-way ANOVA and independent samples t-test respectively revealed that firstborns and males are more favoured. However, regression analyses did not find that being more favoured predicts higher levels of moral reasoning, empathy and academic achievement. These findings failed to extend past research regarding the potential effects of parental favouritism on child development in areas whereby little or no research was done (i.e. morality, empathy and academic achievement). To explain the results, some possible cultural influences on parenting in Singapore are discussed. Areas of improvements for conducting more culturally-valid studies in the future are also suggested.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/147153
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