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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Committee Member

Marta Laupa

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Chinese children's conceptualization of moral, conventional and personal events and their judgments of authority were examined by assessing their evaluation of authority's responses to these acts. Seventy-two Macau children from second, fifth and eighth grades made judgments of permissibility of acts, personal jurisdiction, and obedience to rules regarding these events and then rated moral, conventional and filial duty reasons provided by parents in response to these events. Findings were that children made distinctions among these events. They also rated moral reasons as the best response to moral transgressions. Children rated both moral reasons and conventional reasons more positively than duty reasons to conventional transgressions, whereas they preferred moral and duty reasons to personal events. The results suggest that children's evaluations of responses are based on their conceptualization of these events and children take into account the content of the social events in their judgments of authority.


Authority; Children; Chinese; Evaluation; Events; Social

Controlled Subject

Developmental psychology; Social psychology

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1.50 MB

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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