The effect of mothers' ethnic affiliation on their conceptions of children's intelligence was examined. Seven hundred eight Singaporean mothers of Chinese, Malay, and Indian ethnic origin responded to a 55-item questionnaire. For each item, the respondents indicated, on a 9-point scale, how typical they thought the specified behavior was for an intelligent child. There was a high level of similarity among the factor structures of the three subsamples, but several specific intergroup differences indicated that the mothers' conceptions of children's intelligence were affected to a certain extent by their ethnic affiliations and by the age and the sex of the child.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology