Main content

Affiliated institutions: New York University

Date created: | Last Updated:

: DOI | ARK

Creating DOI. Please wait...

Create DOI

Category: Project

Description: Describing behaviors as reflecting categories (e.g., asking children to “be helpers”) has been found to increase pro-social behavior. The present studies (N = 139, ages 4-5) tested whether such effects backfire if children have difficulty performing category-relevant actions. In Study 1, children were asked to “be helpers” or “to help,” and then pretended to complete a series of successful (e.g., pouring milk) and unsuccessful (e.g., spilling milk while trying to pour it) scenarios. After the unsuccessful trials, children asked to “be helpers” had more negative attitudes. In Study 2, asking children to “be helpers” impeded children’s actual helping behavior after they experienced difficulties while trying to help. Implications for how labels shape beliefs and behavior will be discussed.  

License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International

Wiki

Add important information, links, or images here to describe your project.

Files

Loading files...

Citation

Components

Procedures


Recent Activity

Loading logs...

Data and Code


Recent Activity

Loading logs...

Asking children to "be helpers" can backfire after setbacks

Describing behaviors as reflecting categories (e.g., asking children to “be helpers”) has been found to increase pro-social behavior. The present stud...

Recent Activity

Loading logs...

Recent Activity

Loading logs...