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dc.contributor.authorChalik, Lisa
dc.contributor.authorRhodes, Marjorie
dc.identifier.citationChalik, Lisa and Rhodes, Marjorie. (2015). The communication of naïve theories of the social world in parent–child conversation. Journal of Cognition and Development. 16(5), 719-741.en_US
dc.descriptionscholarly articleen_US
dc.description.abstractThree studies examined the communication of naïve theories of social groups in conversations between parents and their 4-year-old children (N=48). Parent-child dyads read and discussed a storybook in which they either explained why past social interactions had occurred (Study 1) or evaluated whether future social interactions should occur (Studies 2 and 3). In all three studies, the content of parents’ and children’s explanations reflected an intuitive theory of social groups as markers of intrinsic obligations, whereby individuals are obligated to avoid harm to and direct positive actions towards their in-group members. Furthermore, Studies 2 and 3 suggested that when discussing the normative obligations that guide behavior, parents covertly reinforce their children’s developing beliefs about social categories. Implications for the development of social cognition are discussed.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipACKNOWLEDGMENTS We are very grateful to the parents and children who participated in this research, as well as to the staff at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. We are also grateful to Danielle Sacks, Lily Randall, Lydia Bianchi, Max Stivers, David Berman, and Noemi Ventilla for their assistance with data collection and coding; to Karl Edwards for the study illustrations; and to Athena Vouloumanos and Gregory Murphy for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this article.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Cognition and Development;16(5)
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dc.subjectnaïve theoriesen_US
dc.subjectsocial groupsen_US
dc.subjectparent-child communicationen_US
dc.subjectintrinsic obligationsen_US
dc.subjectreinforcement of children's development beliefsen_US
dc.subjectsocial cognitionen_US
dc.titleThe communication of naïve theories of the social world in parent–child conversation.en_US
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dc.title.alternativeParent-Child Conversationen_US

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