ERIC Number: EJ651024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Developmental and Gender Differences in Preadolescents' Judgments of the Veracity of Gossip.
Kuttler, Ami Flam; Parker, Jeffrey G.; La Greca, Annette M.
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, v48 n2 p105-32 Apr 2002
Used hypothetical vignettes to examine 384 preadolescents' understanding of gossip in varying circumstances. Found that children correctly labeled talk about nonpresent others as gossip and considered it inappropriate. Skepticism was higher for gossip than for firsthand information and was greatest with cues suggesting that speakers were unreliable or harbored ulterior motives. Skepticism decreased with age. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A