Lying and Truthfulness: Children's Definitions, Standards, and Evaluative Reactions

  title={Lying and Truthfulness: Children's Definitions, Standards, and Evaluative Reactions},
  author={K. Bussey},
  journal={Child Development},
  • K. Bussey
  • Published 1992
  • Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Preschool (M= 4.9 years), second- (M= 7.8 years), and fifth- (M= 11.0 years) grade children's definitions of, moral standards for, and internal evaluative reactions to both lies and truthful statements were investigated. The influence of 4 factors on these judgments was also examined: the falsity of the statement, the content of the statement, whether or not the statement was believed, and whether or not the statement resulted in punishment. Results revealed that while the older children… CONTINUE READING
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