Children’s judgments of disloyal and immoral peer behaviour: Subjective group dynamics in minimal intergroup contexts.

Abrams, Dominic and Rutland, Adam and Ferrell, Jennifer M. and Pelletier, Joseph (2008) Children’s judgments of disloyal and immoral peer behaviour: Subjective group dynamics in minimal intergroup contexts. Child Development, 79 (2). pp. 444-461. ISSN 0009-3920. (Full text available)

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Abstract

The developmental model of subjective group dynamics hypothesizes that peer exclusion during middle childhood involves inferences about group dynamics. To test the generality of this prediction, children judged, within minimal groups, peers whose behavior was loyal versus disloyal (Study 1: n546, mean age5113 months) or morally acceptable versus unacceptable (Study 2: n5121, mean age590 months). As hypothesized, in Study 1, children used their understanding of loyalty norms as a basis for evaluating peers. In both studies, higher commitment to the in-group increased use of group-based criteria for judging peers. In Study 2, children employed moral- and group-based criteria independently for judging peers. Multiple classification skill was associated with lower intergroup bias and greater use of morality-based judgment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Adam Rutland
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2011 10:02
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 08:06
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28390 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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