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ERIC Number: EJ1119228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
What You Want versus What's Good for You: Paternalistic Motivation in Children's Helping Behavior
Martin, Alia; Lin, Kelsey; Olson, Kristina R.
Child Development, v87 n6 p1739-1746 Nov-Dec 2016
Children help others to complete their goals. Yet adults are sometimes motivated to help others in a "paternalistic" way, overriding a recipient's desires if they conflict with the recipient's best interests. Experiments investigated whether 5-year-olds (n = 100) consider a recipient's desire, and the consequences of fulfilling this desire, when helping. Children overrode a request for chocolate in favor of giving fruit snacks, if chocolate would make the recipient sick. Children did not override a request for chocolate in favor of carrots, even if chocolate would make the recipient sick, but they gave carrots if the recipient requested them. By age 5, children balance different motivations when helping, considering the recipient's desires, consequences of fulfilling them, and alternative forms of helping available.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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