ERIC Number: EJ549518
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1997
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Why Dogs Have Puppies and Cats Have Kittens: The Role of Birth in Young Children's Understanding of Biological Origins.
Johnson, Susan C.; Solomon, Gregg E. A.
Child Development, v68 n3 p404-19 Jun 1997
Three studies used interspecies adoption stories to examine children's understanding of the role of birth in determining animal properties and species identity. Found that most 4- to 7-year olds could reliably judge that babies would be of the same species as birth parents, but were unable to attribute properties of adoptive parents. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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