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ERIC Number: EJ789396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Children's Judgments of Disloyal and Immoral Peer Behavior: Subjective Group Dynamics in Minimal Intergroup Contexts
Abrams, Dominic; Rutland, Adam; Ferrell, Jennifer M.; Pelletier, Joseph
Child Development, v79 n2 p444-461 Mar-Apr 2008
The developmental model of subjective group dynamics hypothesizes that peer exclusion during middle childhood involves inferences about group dynamics. To test the generality of this prediction, children judged, within minimal groups, peers whose behavior was loyal versus disloyal (Study 1: n = 46, mean age = 113 months) or morally acceptable versus unacceptable (Study 2: n = 121, mean age = 90 months). As hypothesized, in Study 1, children used their understanding of loyalty norms as a basis for evaluating peers. In both studies, higher commitment to the in-group increased use of group-based criteria for judging peers. In Study 2, children employed moral- and group-based criteria independently for judging peers. Multiple classification skill was associated with lower intergroup bias and greater use of morality-based judgment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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