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Being Hurt and Hurting Others: Children's Narrative Accounts and Moral Judgments of Their Own Interpersonal Conflicts

Being Hurt and Hurting Others: Children's Narrative Accounts and Moral Judgments of Their Own Interpersonal Conflicts

Cecilia Wainryb (Editor), Beverly A. Brehl (Editor), Sonia Matwin (Editor), Bryan W. Sokol (Commentaries by), Stuart Hammond (Commentaries by), Willis F. Overton (Series Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-15388-1

Sep 2005

172 pages

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Description

The research reported in this Monograph documents the narrative accounts and moral evaluations that children between the ages of 5 and 16 made of incidents in which they had been the targets of their peers’ unfair or harmful actions and incidents in which they had been those inflicting harm on their peers. By systematically examining children’s construals of social interactions, this research brings to the fore the role of interpretation in moral thinking. By moving beyond the assessment of moral judgments made from an uninvolved third-person perspective, it underscores the possibility that children apply their moral concepts differently when they judge instances of harm or injustice from the victim’s or the perpetrator’s perspectives. Together, these issues bear on how children’s moral concepts are applied and develop within their actual social interactions, especially those interactions that appear to violate those very moral concepts. By contributing to our understanding of children’s moral thinking as it is manifested in their everyday interactions, this research also brings us a step closer to better conceptualizing the study of children’s moral behavior.
Abstract vii.

I. Morality, Interpretation, and Perspective 1.

II. The Present Study: Research Strategies and Methods 19.

III. The Narrative Accounts of Victims and Perpetrators 31.

IV. Narrative Accounts and Development 43.

V. Morla Judgements about Conflicts as Understood 62.

VI. Moral Conflicts, Subjectivity, and DEvelopment 72.

Appendix A: The Scoring of Narrative Elements: Annotated Example 85.

Appendix B: The Scoring of Contents of Narrative Elements: Categories and Examples 88.

Appendix C: The Scoring of narrative Coherence: Annotated Examples 95.

Refferences 104.

Acknowledgements 114.

Commentary- Human Agents and the "Joints" of Socail Experience: A Commentary on Wainryb, Brehl, and Matwin.

Bryan W. Sokol and Stuart Hammond 115.

Contributors 123.

Statement of Editorial Policy 124


  • Documents the narrative accounts and moral evaluations made by children after participating in or being the victim of harmful actions among their peers.
  • Expert research reports on children between the ages of 5 and 16.
  • Looks at the difference in moral concepts that children apply to situations from the victim’s or the perpetrator’s perspectives.
  • Contributes to the understanding of children’s moral thinking.