Young children’s domain coordination and emotion attributions in the context of mixed domain transgressions

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dc.contributor.author Baker, Lesley A.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-08T15:24:48Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-08T15:24:48Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-03-08
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/9134
dc.description.abstract Drawing on principles of social domain theory, the current study examined children’s attributions of emotion and moral judgements when interpreting moral and mixed sociomoral transgressions. A goal of the current study was to explore developmental patterns in children’s ability to coordinate their judgements and justifications across the social and moral domains. Links between emotion attributions, domain coordination skills, and externalizing behaviour were also examined as were associations between the above listed variables and perspective taking. Sixty-six typically developing children between the ages of 6- and 10-years were interviewed following the presentation of a moral or mixed moral and social domain vignette. Overall, there was significant variability in responses depending on the type of story. Developmental findings revealed that older children’s moral reasoning was more specific (e.g., “it is unfair to steal”) as opposed to vague (e.g., “it was bad”) and other-oriented, and they tended to show a greater capacity to recognize both moral and social components of a mixed domain transgression. Further, as expected, younger children provided a greater number of positive emotion attributions overall. Consistent with the study’s hypotheses, higher numbers of positive emotion attributions were predictive of higher externalizing behaviours. Emotion attributions were not associated with children’s domain coordination scores, apart from one mixed domain story. Additionally, perspective taking scores did not predict children’s domain coordination scores or emotion attributions. Developmental implications are discussed in relation to social domain theory, as are implications of emotional expectancies, types of justifications and externalizing behaviour. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Emotion Attributions en_US
dc.subject Moral Development en_US
dc.subject Domain Coordination en_US
dc.subject Moral Reasoning en_US
dc.title Young children’s domain coordination and emotion attributions in the context of mixed domain transgressions en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Mueller, Ulrich
dc.degree.department Department of Psychology en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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