ERIC Number: ED330474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Messages Sent--Messages Received! A Closer Look at Emerging Moral Behaviors.
Guddemi, Marcia P.; Duff, R. Eleanor
This article examines selected interactive behaviors and messages currently being communicated in the home and attempts to answer the question: To what extent does a child's response to social and moral incidents resemble or match the parent's response to the same situations? A set of episodes depicting social incidents involving children and adults was developed for administration to children and their parents. Each episode described a problematic situation that required adult intervention with a child or a group of children. Episodes involved problems with: (1) parent-as-witness to events; (2) accidental happenings, with parent at blame; (3) parent and child jointly sharing culpability or blame; and (4) accidental happenings, with neither child nor parent responsible. Responses on a scale ranging from "most permissive" to "least permissive" were gathered from 17 volunteer child/parent dyads. Children in the dyads were fourth-graders enrolled in a private school. Subjects were asked to indicate what they thought would happen next, whether they had ever seen the particular kind of event before, what the event was, and what the actions of the adult were. Findings indicated that responses to situations requiring acceptance or rejection of behaviors with embedded moral dimensions differed in terms of variance and congruence from situations with embedded social conventions. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Childhood Education International (San Diego, CA, April 17-20, 1991).