China's one-child policy may have led to less trust, less competition, more pessimism and more risk aversion in its society, according to a study by researchers at Monash University in Australia. "Only children in Chinese families are loved and given almost everything by their families and they can get resources at home without competition," says Zou Hong of Beijing Normal University. "Once they enter society, they are no different from other people. Having been overly protected, they feel a sense of loss and show less competitiveness."
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