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Negatives Outweigh Positives

American Institute of Family Relations, in Homemade, August, 1990

Negatives Outweigh Positives

In a survey parents were asked to record how many negative&md;as opposed to positive&md;comments they made to their children. Results: they criticized 10 times for every favorable comment.

Another survey revealed teachers were 75% negative.

It takes four positive statements from a teacher to offset the effects of one negative statement to a child.