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ERIC Number: EJ877720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Bridging Theory of Mind and the Personal Domain: Children's Reasoning about Resistance to Parental Control
Lagattuta, Kristin Hansen; Nucci, Larry; Bosacki, Sandra Leanne
Child Development, v81 n2 p616-635 Mar-Apr 2010
Four-, 5-, and 7-year-olds (N = 60) listened to vignettes featuring characters that wanted to do actions that conflicted with parental rules. Desires included behaviors associated with the personal domain: friend, activity, and clothing choice. Scenarios involving moral rules served as a comparison. Children predicted and explained characters' actions and emotions. Results showed significant increases between 4 and 7 in judgments that characters would comply with rules and feel good, but only for situations involving moral rules. Children frequently predicted that characters would disobey rules that intruded on the personal domain and would feel positive emotions following noncompliance, especially when activities were essential to that character's identity. Findings are discussed in relation to the development of self and personal control.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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