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ERIC Number: EJ775663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Thinking about the Future because of the Past: Young Children's Knowledge about the Causes of Worry and Preventative Decisions
Lagattuta, Kristin Hansen
Child Development, v78 n5 p1492-1509 Sep-Oct 2007
Two studies investigated 3- to 6-year-olds' and adults' (N= 128) knowledge about emotions and behaviors caused by thinking about the future because of the past. Participants listened to stories featuring characters that experienced negative events, and then, many days later, felt worried or changed their behaviors upon seeing an entity associated with the prior harm. Results revealed a significant increase between 3 and 5 years in the frequency that participants explained characters' reactions as caused by anticipating the reoccurrence of a negative past event. Across age, females more often marked future events as uncertain, as well as predicted that people in ambiguous risk situations would feel worried due to past-to-future connections.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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