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ERIC Number: EJ843291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
Children's Reasoning about Lie-Telling and Truth-Telling in Politeness Contexts
Heyman, Gail D.; Sweet, Monica A.; Lee, Kang
Social Development, v18 n3 p728-746 Aug 2009
Children's reasoning about lying and truth-telling was examined among participants ages 7-11 (total N = 181) with reference to conflicts between being honest and protecting the feelings of others. In Study 1, participants showed different patterns of evaluation and motivational inference in politeness contexts vs. transgression contexts: in politeness contexts, they rated lie-telling more favorably and were far more likely to assume that motives were prosocial. In Study 2, participants evaluated lie-telling more positively and truth-telling more negatively in politeness contexts, especially when they focused on the implications of the statements for others instead of whether the statements were true or false.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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