Just How Inflated Are Parents’ Opinions of Their Kids?

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For earthquakes there’s the Richter scale; for acidity, the pH scale; for sexuality, the Kinsey scale. It was probably only a matter of time before someone developed a Parental Overvaluation Scale, as a team of psychologists have now done. They’ve announced their creation in a new paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology entitled “My Child Is God’s Gift to Humanity: Development and Validation of the Parental Overvaluation Scale (POS).”

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