Children’s perceptions of peer prosocial motives: antisocial and prosocial differences

Wardle, G. (2008) Children’s perceptions of peer prosocial motives: antisocial and prosocial differences. British Psychological Society. Conference Proceedings,

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It has been argued (Smetana, Bridgeman, & Turiel, 1983) that investigation into children’s understanding of the ways in which actions are related to domains of judgment may provide an insight into the motivation behind children’s prosocial behaviour. This study, undertaken in May 2006, attempted to integrate work on the domain theory of social judgment (Turiel 1978; Nucci, 1981) with findings regarding social information processing (e.g., Lochman & Dodge, 1998) and Machavellianism (e.g., Sutton & Keogh, 2000). Pre-adolescent participants, identified through a peernomination exercise as either antisocial or prosocial, were asked to attribute motives to the prosocial behaviours of their peers. Results demonstrated clear between-group differences regarding the perceived motives of others.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wardle, Dr Georgina
Authors: Wardle, G.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy Policy and Practice
Journal Name:British Psychological Society. Conference Proceedings
Publisher:The British Psychological Society
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