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Children’s reasoning about intragroup and intergroup exclusion

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2023, 36(4), pp.103-120
  • DOI : 10.35574/KJDP.2023.12.36.4.103
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science
  • Received : October 15, 2023
  • Accepted : November 20, 2023
  • Published : December 15, 2023

Seoin Lee 1 Kyong-sun Jin 1

1성신여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study investigated how children aged 7–12 (N = 120) infer about intra- and inter-group exclusion. Children heard a scenario in which a child was engaged in a cooperative activity with two peers from either their group or a different group, but then was excluded from future cooperation by the peers. Children's moral evaluations of the exclusion, inferences about the cooperation of the excluded child, and willingness to intervene were assessed. The findings revealed that children, regardless of age, evaluated both exclusions as morally wrong. Children aged 10–12 inferred that the target of intragroup exclusion would be less cooperative than intergroup and were less willing to help in intragroup than intergroup exclusion. These results suggest that children as young as 10–12 years old negatively assess the target of intragroup exclusion and exhibit a lower willingness to intervene compared to intergroup exclusion.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.