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ERIC Number: EJ837830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Children's Moral Motivation, Sympathy, and Prosocial Behavior
Malti, Tina; Gummerum, Michaela; Keller, Monika; Buchmann, Marlis
Child Development, v80 n2 p442-460 Mar-Apr 2009
Two studies investigated the role of children's moral motivation and sympathy in prosocial behavior. Study 1 measured other-reported prosocial behavior and self- and other-reported sympathy. Moral motivation was assessed by emotion attributions and moral reasoning following hypothetical transgressions in a representative longitudinal sample of Swiss 6-year-old children (N = 1,273). Prosocial behavior increased with increasing sympathy, especially if children displayed low moral motivation. Moral motivation and sympathy were also independently related to prosocial behavior. Study 2 extended the findings of Study 1 with a second longitudinal sample of Swiss 6-year-old children (N = 175) using supplementary measures of prosocial behavior, sympathy, and moral motivation. The results are discussed in regard to the precursors of the moral self in childhood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland