Parents’ perceptions of children’s executive functions across different cities

Trevor Wai kit Yung, Yuen Yi Cynthia Lai, Ivan Neil Gomez, Valerie Loh, Jing Wang, Jacob Y.C. Chan, Karthikeyan Krishnamurthy, Wui Man Lau, Sheung Mei Shamay Ng

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However, other characteristics, such as urbanization and Westernization, may also affect EF performance in societies comprising different ethnic groups, even if the ethnic groups share a similar cultural origin. The present study aimed to compare the perceptions of parents in three cities [China–Shenzhen (ZH group), China–Hong Kong (HK group), and Singapore (SG group)] regarding the EF performances of their children, all of whom share the same genetic and cultural (i.e., Chinese) origin. The study recruited 95 children aged 5–6 years (ZH group = 32; HK group = 32; SG group = 31). Their parents were invited to complete the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF). The ZH group had significantly lower BRIEF scores compared to both the HK and SG groups. However, the BRIEF scores of the HK and SG groups only differed significantly in terms of the Organization of Materials domain. The results suggest city-related differences in parents’ perceptions of their children’s EF performances, despite their similar genetic and cultural backgrounds. We additionally discuss further interpretations of our results and the limitations of this study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalChild Neuropsychology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Nov 2017


  • Asian countries
  • children
  • cultural difference
  • Executive functions
  • parent rating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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