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ERIC Number: EJ893058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1325
Children's Anticipated Responses to Hypothetical Peers with Undesirable Characteristics: Role of Peers' Desire to Change, Effort to Change, and Outcome
Barnett, Mark A.; Livengood, Jennifer L.; Sonnentag, Tammy L.; Barlett, Natalie D.; Witham, Rachel Y.
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v171 n3 p262-269 Jul-Sep 2010
The authors explored the extent to which 5th- and 6th-grade students' anticipated responses to hypothetical peers with undesirable characteristics (e.g., being overweight) are influenced by information that each peer (a) desired (or did not desire) to change the characteristic, (b) exerted effort (or did not exert effort) to change the characteristic, and (c) was successful (or unsuccessful) in changing the characteristic. In general, the children anticipated responding more favorably to peers who were successful in overcoming an undesirable characteristic than those who were unsuccessful. However, across both outcome conditions, peers who wanted to change and exerted effort to change were rated more favorably than were peers who reported no effort to change an undesirable characteristic, regardless of whether or not they had expressed a desire to change that characteristic. For peers whose failure to change an undesirable characteristic was associated with no effort to change, those who expressed a desire to change were rated more favorably than those who expressed no desire to change. (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas