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Effects of Peer Presence on Helping in Introverted and Extroverted Children
William Suda and Gregory Fouts
Vol. 51, No. 4 (Dec., 1980), pp. 1272-1275
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1129571
Page Count: 4
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The effects of peer presence and introversion-extroversion on children's helping in an emergency situation were examined. 38 introverted and 38 extroverted sixth-grade children were tested in the presence or absence of a same-sex confederate peer, with the emergency being sounds of distress in an adjoining room. In the presence of a peer, more extroverts actively helped than introverts, with no difference occurring for children tested alone. Collapsing over the peer-presence and peer-absence conditions, introverts and extroverts were found to prefer passive and active styles of helping, respectively.
Child Development © 1980 Society for Research in Child Development