Moral suggestibility: the complex interaction of developmental, cultural and contextual factors
Article first published online: 14 DEC 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Special Issue: Individual and Developmental Differences in Suggestibility
Volume 18, Issue 8, pages 1079–1096, December 2004
How to Cite
Saltzstein, H., Dias, M. d. G. and Millery, M. (2004), Moral suggestibility: the complex interaction of developmental, cultural and contextual factors. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 18: 1079–1096. doi: 10.1002/acp.1077
- Issue published online: 14 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 14 DEC 2004
- Research Foundation of the City University of New York
- National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazilian federal government
- New York City
In Study 1, 193 children, half in New York City and half in Recife, Brazil, heard hypothetical dilemmas about whether to keep a promise or tell the truth. An adult interviewer suggested the alternative to the child's initial choice. Younger children (5 to 8 year olds) were more suggestible than older children (10 to 12 year olds), US more than Brazilian children; and suggestibility occurred more frequently from promise to truth than vice versa. In Study 2, children in each country were interviewed either by an older adult or by a ‘teenager’. Suggestibility was greater when the interviewer was an adult than a teenager in the US, but not in Brazil. Findings are discussed in terms of developmental trajectories, from heteronomy to autonomy, and authority relations within cultures. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.