Children's Sympathy, Guilt, and Moral Reasoning in Helping, Cooperation, and Sharing: A 6-Year Longitudinal Study

Malti, Tina and Ongley, Sophia and Peplak, Joanna and Chaparro, Maria Paula and Buchmann, Marlis and Zuffianò, Antonio and Cui, Lixian (2016) Children's Sympathy, Guilt, and Moral Reasoning in Helping, Cooperation, and Sharing: A 6-Year Longitudinal Study. Child Development.

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Abstract

This study examined the role of sympathy, guilt, and moral reasoning in helping, cooperation, and sharing in a 6-year, three-wave longitudinal study involving 175 children (Mage 6.10, 9.18, and 12.18 years). Primary caregivers reported on children's helping and cooperation; sharing was assessed behaviorally. Child sympathy was assessed by self- and teacher reports, and self-attributed feelings of guilt–sadness and moral reasoning were assessed by children's responses to transgression vignettes. Sympathy predicted helping, cooperation, and sharing. Guilt–sadness and moral reasoning interacted with sympathy in predicting helping and cooperation; both sympathy and guilt–sadness were associated with the development of sharing. The findings are discussed in relation to the emergence of differential motivational pathways to helping, cooperation, and sharing.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Malti, T., Ongley, S. F., Peplak, J., Chaparro, M. P., Buchmann, M., Zuffianò, A. and Cui, L. (2016), Children's Sympathy, Guilt, and Moral Reasoning in Helping, Cooperation, and Sharing: A 6-Year Longitudinal Study. Child Dev, 87: 1783–1795. doi:10.1111/cdev.12632, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12632/abstract;jsessionid=049C57C11456EC4625C2357253B0F856.f01t03. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Antonio Zuffiano
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 11:41
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2016 11:41
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1764

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