Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Research Article: Promoting Honesty: The Influence of Stories on Children's Lie-Telling Behaviours and Moral Understanding

Authors
Victoria Talwar (Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, McGill University)
Sarah Yachison (Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, McGill University)

Karissa Leduc (Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, McGill University)


Paper Highlights

  • The current study investigated the influence of moral stories which emphasized positive moral consequences for honesty, negative moral consequences for lying or a neutral story on children’s willingness to lie for another individual
  • While most children initially tried to keep the secret, children in  children in the positive story condition were more likely to tell the truth when asked direct questions compared to those in the negative story and neutral storyconditions
  • In addition, the type of story children were read had a significant impact on their evaluations of true and false statements

DOI: 10.1002/icd.1949

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