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ERIC Number: EJ898978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
When Do Siblings Compromise? Associations with Children's Descriptions of Conflict Issues, Culpability, and Emotions
Recchia, Holly E.; Howe, Nina
Social Development, v19 n4 p838-857 Nov 2010
This study examined associations between children's descriptions of sibling conflicts and their resolutions during a structured negotiation task. A sample of 58 sibling dyads (older sibling M age = 8.39 years, younger sibling M = 6.06 years) were privately interviewed about an actual conflict. Each child provided a narrative that was coded for conflict issues, identified who was at fault, and described each sibling's conflict emotions. Children's subsequent conflict negotiations were coded for whether compromise outcomes were reached. Compromises were more likely when conflicts implicated physical harm and children reported experiencing sadness during their fights. Compromises were less likely when children believed that their sibling was solely culpable for a fight or they attributed more anger to self than to their sibling. Results also revealed various birth order, age group, and gender effects. Findings are discussed in light of moral domain theory, children's interpretive understanding of conflict, and goal-based theories of emotions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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