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March 05, 2009

New research indicates that babies who are praised develop better social skills

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A research team led by Professor Tokie Anme of Tsukuba University on behalf of the Japan Science and Technology Agency observed the behavior of about 400 babies when they were about 4 months old, 9 months old, 18 months old and 30 months old.

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that, 'The results showed that children who were praised often by their parents during their fourth to ninth months showed higher social adaptability when they reached about 18 months.' The babies were evaluated on 25 topics including 'independence' and 'sympathy'.

The question of whether to praise children in class has been a contentious issue among teachers for years, and this new research is likely to add to the debate. Those who argue against praise say that children who often receive praise tend to perform tasks so as to be praised rather than because they want do to them for their own sake.

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