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ERIC Number: EJ1051756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Moral Judgment and Its Relation to Second-Order Theory of Mind
Fu, Genyue; Xiao, Wen S.; Killen, Melanie; Lee, Kang
Developmental Psychology, v50 n8 p2085-2092 Aug 2014
Recent research indicates that moral judgment and 1st-order theory of mind abilities are related. What is not known, however, is how 2nd-order theory of mind is related to moral judgment. In the present study, we extended previous findings by administering a morally relevant theory of mind task (an accidental transgressor) to 4- to 7-year-old Chinese children (N = 79) and analyzing connections with 2nd-order theory of mind understanding. Using hierarchical multiple regression analyses, we found that above and beyond age, children's 1st-order theory of mind and 2nd-order theory of mind each significantly and uniquely contributed to children's moral evaluations of the intention in the accidental transgression. These findings highlight the important roles that 1st- and 2nd-order theory of mind play in leading children to make appropriate moral judgments based on an actor's intention in a social situation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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