Upsetting others and provoking ridicule: Children's reasoning about the self-presentational consequences of rule violation

Banerjee, Robin, Bennett, Mark and Luke, Nikki (2010) Upsetting others and provoking ridicule: Children's reasoning about the self-presentational consequences of rule violation. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 28 (4). pp. 941-947. ISSN 0261-510X

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Abstract

This study examined children's understanding of the distinctive `self-presentational' impacts of moral and social-conventional rule violations. A sample of 80 children aged 7-8 and 9-10 years generated examples of interpersonal events that would upset others and events that would elicit social attention to the self. As expected, both age groups consistently identified moral violations as leading to the former, and deviations from social norms as leading to the latter. Crucially, when children were asked to identify the social-evaluative consequences of those breaches, they exhibited a significant increase with age in recognizing the self-presentational risks of social-conventional deviations.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Robin Banerjee
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:42
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 10:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13997
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