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Children’s sociomoral judgements of antisocial but not prosocial others depend on recipients’ past moral behaviour

Konrad, Bocian, Katarzyna, Myslinska Szarek (2020) Children’s sociomoral judgements of antisocial but not prosocial others depend on recipients’ past moral behaviour. Social Development, . pp. 1-14. ISSN 0961-205X. (doi:10.1111/sode.12480) (KAR id:83590)

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Abstract

This study investigated whether recipients’ past moral or immoral behaviour shapes 4-year-olds’ judgements of the agents who either harm or help the recipients. Children (N = 161) watched the agent who either harmed or helped the antisocial, prosocial or neutral recipient. Afterwards, children indicated their sociomoral judgement of the agent’s act, their attitude towards the agent and their perception of the agent’s emotions. Children liked the agent more, ascribed less sadness to the agent, and judged the agent’s actions as less bad when the agent inflicted harm against the antisocial recipient than on the prosocial and neutral recipient. The recipient’s past behaviour did not influence children’s evaluations when the agent helped the recipient. The presented evidence indicates that by the age of 4, children develop the ability to use complex moral reasoning that allows them to monitor whether the harmful behaviour of antisocial others is justified by retaliation for past transgressions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/sode.12480
Uncontrolled keywords: harm, moral development, punishment, relationship regulation, social cognition
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Konrad Bocian
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2020 07:35 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2020 09:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83590 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Konrad, Bocian: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8652-0167
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