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ERIC Number: ED035694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Pages: 5
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Two Measures of Delay of Gratification: Age and Socioeconomic Status in Young Children.
Shipe, Dorothy; Lazare, Sharon
This paper gives the results of a study of two measures of delay gratification: age and socio-economic status (SES) in young children. The subjects included 180 four-, five-, and six-year old children. Sixty children at each age level were selected, twenty children within each level of high, 20 of middle, and 20 of low SES. Delay choice scores were unrelated to SES. Age proved to be the only significant variable. The six-year olds were significantly more willing to delay gratification than the five-year olds, who in turn obtained higher delay choice scores than the four-year olds. This study, within the limits imposed by the tasks used and the groups involved, lends no support to the thesis that lower class children are less willing or able to delay gratification than other children of the same age, or that they are less willing to trust adults. (KG)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (77th, Washington, D.C., September 1969)