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ERIC Number: EJ877727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Lying and Truth-Telling in Children: From Concept to Action
Xu, Fen; Bao, Xuehua; Fu, Genyue; Talwar, Victoria; Lee, Kang
Child Development, v81 n2 p581-596 Mar-Apr 2010
Although there has been extensive research on children's moral knowledge about lying and truth-telling and their actual lie- or truth-telling behaviors, research to examine the relation between these two is extremely rare. This study examined one hundred and twenty 7-, 9-, and 11-year-olds' moral understanding of lies and their actual lying behaviors in a politeness situation. Results revealed that as age increased, children increasingly evaluated others' lying in politeness situations less negatively and were more inclined to tell lies in such situations themselves. Contrary to previous findings, children's sociomoral knowledge about lying was significantly related to their actual behaviors, particularly when children's rationales underlying their moral judgments were consistent with their motives for actual lie- or truth-telling in the politeness situation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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