Effects of instructions concerning ownership of a toy on preschoolers' sharing and defensive behaviors

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68 preschoolers 30-60 mo old were told that a toy belonged either to them or to the class or were given no specific instructions. Their subsequent behavior with the toy was observed. Children of all ages defended the toy more in the “yours” condition than in the “class” condition. Girls, but not boys, exhibited more defensive behavior with age. (3 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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