Preschoolers’ preferences and moral judgements are biased towards those who have more resources

Katarzyna Myślińska - Szarek , Wiesław Baryła


Various studies have indicated that children’s preferences are biased towards those who have more resources or who are considered more fortunate than others. Little is known, however, about whether this preference translates to a moral assessment of the character of those with more or less resources. Our study included 46 children aged four to five. We asked participants to indicate their preference for the richer and the poorer in desirable resources. We also asked them to attribute the moral character of the moral agent or moral recipient. The children revealed a strong bias towards the advantaged character. Not only did they prefer him as a future friend, they also attributed morally positive social roles to him.
Author Katarzyna Myślińska - Szarek
Katarzyna Myślińska - Szarek,,
, Wiesław Baryła (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Wiesław Baryła,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
Journal seriesPolish Psychological Bulletin, ISSN 0079-2993, e-ISSN 1641-7844, (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishpreschoolers, moral judgments, Affective tagging
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)15
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.232
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