Inducing affect about self or other: Effects on generosity in children

  • Barnett M
  • King L
  • Howard J
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Abstract

Eighty-five children between 7 and 12 years of age were asked to discuss happy, sad, or affectively neutral incidents that had been experienced either by themselves or by another child. Following the inducement of affect, the children were given the opportunity to share their experimental earnings with some less fortunate children. As predicted, a significant interaction of the discussion topic (self/other) and affect was found. Children relating sad experiences encountered by another individual shared significantly more than children describing sad incidents that they had experienced. Although older children were more generous than their younger counterparts in sharing their experimental earnings, age was not found to interact with the other experi- mental variables. A

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  • inducing effect about self or other, generosity, 7-12 yr olds

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Authors

  • Mark A. Barnett

  • Laura M. King

  • Jeffrey A. Howard

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