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Children's Development of Interpersonal Resources

Douglas McAdam, David Ross, Judith Tanur, David Uglow, Eugene Weinstein and Donald Lee Zimmerman
Social Psychology Quarterly
Vol. 44, No. 1 (Mar., 1981), pp. 53-58
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3033864
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Children's Development of Interpersonal Resources
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Abstract

Eighteen pairs of boys in each of the age groups 3-5, 7-9, and 11-13 performed an experimental task (completion of form boards) that, because of a manipulated maldistribution of pieces, allowed cooperation to be used as a resource for problem solving. The same pairs then decided on distribution of desirable and less desirable prizes. Younger children constructed the situation as one of confusion, permitting supplication and assistance; older ones converted competition to cooperation. Older children invoked decision rules for prize allocation; younger ones did not. We offer an interpretation in terms of developmental changes in framing ability and the use of frame-connected rules.

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