ERIC Number: EJ591781
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1999
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The Inheritance of Desired Characteristics: Children's View of the Role of Intention in Parent-Offspring Resemblance.
Weissman, Michelle D.; Kalish, Charles W.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v73 n4 p245-65 Aug 1999
Two studies examined preschool children's beliefs about maternal intention as a mechanism for trait inheritance. Study 1 indicated that preschoolers believe that maternal intention plays a role in inheritance of physical traits. Study 2 suggested that children see some properties as outside maternal control, and that maternal intention operates prior to birth. (JPB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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