Academic Field

Political Science, Economics, Justice, and Sociology

Faculty Mentor Name

Kristen Karlberg

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

Households where just one child is present have been on the rise in America, due to factors such as the Great Recession, couples marrying at a later age, and the skyrocketing divorce rate. Though only children are a common occurrence in society, there are many negative stereotypes that are attached to this population. Surveys and in-depth interviews are employed to assess the following: (1) Why do negative stereotypes about only children persist? (2) What is the lived experience of only children? Findings indicate that negative stereotypes prevail because of a lack of societal consciousness about the lives and uniqueness of only children. Additionally, though only children internalized the negative stereotypes about them, they generally lead stable, healthy lives.

Keywords

only children, negative stereotypes, onlies, only, only child stereotypes, persist, perpetuate

Start Date

10-4-2015 9:30 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 11:00 AM

Location

Hartwell Hall 52

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Apr 10th, 9:30 AM Apr 10th, 11:00 AM

"Selfish, Lazy, Lonely, and Spoiled:" An Exploration of Stereotypes and the Experiences of the Only Child

Hartwell Hall 52

Households where just one child is present have been on the rise in America, due to factors such as the Great Recession, couples marrying at a later age, and the skyrocketing divorce rate. Though only children are a common occurrence in society, there are many negative stereotypes that are attached to this population. Surveys and in-depth interviews are employed to assess the following: (1) Why do negative stereotypes about only children persist? (2) What is the lived experience of only children? Findings indicate that negative stereotypes prevail because of a lack of societal consciousness about the lives and uniqueness of only children. Additionally, though only children internalized the negative stereotypes about them, they generally lead stable, healthy lives.