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ERIC Number: EJ775235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Privileged Treatment of Toddlers: Cultural Aspects of Individual Choice and Responsibility
Mosier, Christine E.; Rogoff, Barbara
Developmental Psychology, v39 n6 p1047-1060 Nov 2003
This study examined the idea that toddlers in some communities are accorded a privileged status in which they are allowed what they want, assumed not yet to "understand" how to cooperate. U.S. middle-class and Guatemalan Mayan mothers and 3- to 5-year-old siblings were observed while the siblings and toddlers (14-20 months) both sought access to attractive objects. The Mayan toddlers' desires were usually respected by both the mothers and the siblings, who often voluntarily cooperated without mothers' intervention. In contrast, the U.S. middle-class toddlers seemed to be expected to follow the same rules for sharing (with some leniency) as the older children. The Mayan pattern fits a cultural model prioritizing both responsibility and respect for others' freedom of choice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Guatemala