Young children selectively avoid helping people with harmful intentions.

@article{Vaish2010YoungCS,
  title={Young children selectively avoid helping people with harmful intentions.},
  author={Amrisha Vaish and Malinda Carpenter and Michael Tomasello},
  journal={Child development},
  year={2010},
  volume={81 6},
  pages={
          1661-9
        }
}
Two studies investigated whether young children are selectively prosocial toward others, based on the others' moral behaviors. In Study 1 (N = 54), 3-year-olds watched 1 adult (the actor) harming or helping another adult. Children subsequently helped the harmful actor less often than a third (previously neutral) adult, but helped the helpful and neutral adults equally often. In Study 2 (N = 36), 3-year-olds helped an actor who intended but failed to harm another adult less often than a neutral… CONTINUE READING
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