Children's moral reasoning about their own spontaneous prosocial behavior

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Abstract

21 48-63 mo old preschoolers were observed and questioned by a familiar experimenter about their spontaneous helping, sharing, or comforting behaviors over a 12-wk period. The Ss justified their prosocial behaviors primarily with references to others' needs and pragmatic considerations and used little punishment and authority-oriented, stereotyped, approval-oriented, or hedonistic reasoning. There were no sex or age differences. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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