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The Effects of Grade and Sharing Cost on Childrenâ€™s Perceptions of Sharing
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by Diane M. Lickenbrock and Janet Kuebli - Saint Louis University
This study examined first (n = 30) and fourth graders’ (n = 30) perceptions about sharing. All children heard a vignette in which their friends shared. Half of the children heard a vignette in which sharing posed a high cost (HC), and the remainder heard one in which their friend had a low cost (LC). Afterward, children answered questions regarding sharing motives and their feelings. Children then heard a vignette in which they shared and answered similar questions. Lastly, they made a moral judgment about a nonsharing friends. Results showed that fourth graders perceived sharing as harder for their friends than did first graders. Additionally, children who heard the HC vignette reported it was less okay for their friends not to share than children who heard the LC vignette.
Faculty Supervisor: Janet Kuebli, Saint Louis University