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Cameron, L, Erkal, N., Gangadharan, L., Meng, X. (2013). Little emperors: Behavioral impacts
of China’s one-child policy. Science, 339, 953-957. doi: 10.3886/ICPSR34521.v1.
This article investigated the effect of China’s one-child policy on different behaviors, comparing
behavioral trends in people who were born in the years just before and just after the
implementation of the one-child policy. One of the more notable results was that participants
born under the one-child policy scored higher in neuroticism and lower in contentiousness in
comparison with those born before the policy. The study concluded that the observed behavioral
differences between those born just before and just after the one-child policy would greatly
magnify as time went on, due to very limited extended family and living in a world of
predominantly only children. This article provides valuable insight into the behavioral changes
of the average person in China as a result of the one-child policy. The authors were able to use
data that was actively generated for this article, rather than piecing together already-existing data
like many other studies on the subject, which was very refreshing to see. This article would
provide a solid resource to use as it presents a very data-based approach to this aspect of the one-
child policy-Writing