Children's and adolescents' narrative accounts of harming: assuming and mitigating blame

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Psychology
Author Bourne, Stacia
Title Children's and adolescents' narrative accounts of harming: assuming and mitigating blame
Date 2013-08
Description This study investigated how children and adolescents make sense of transgressive experiences in which they assume versus mitigate blame for causing harm. Specifically, the present study focused on how children of various ages constructed different aspects of their moral agency (i.e., one sense-making process) with assumption and mitigation. Participants (N = 120; 5-, 9-, and 16-year-olds) provided accounts of their own transgressive experiences in which they assumed blame and mitigated blame for hurting a peer. Narratives were coded for two features theorized to be implicated in the construction of moral agency: various types of reasons and explanations used to explain harmful behavior, and feelings of guilt. With assumption of fault, 5-year-olds constructed accounts without making reference to any reasons or explanations; with mitigation of fault, they described situations in which their peers hurt themselves or were hurt by others. By contrast, 9- and 16-year-olds referenced not self-monitoring with assumption of fault; they discussed how their peers misconstrued their intentions with mitigation of fault. In all, findings suggest that children and adolescents are learning about different aspects of their moral agency in experiences in which they assume and mitigate blame.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Adolescence (13-17 yrs); Agency; Childhood (birth-12 yrs); Moral development; Narratives; Peer relations
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name Master of Science
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Stacia Bourne 2013
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 1,314,698 bytes
Identifier etd3/id/2497
ARK ark:/87278/s6186fnr
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2013-11-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 196073
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6186fnr
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