With the assistance of Béatrice Bonny, Geneviève Cuénoud, Eliane van Doorne and May Trabach. I wish to express my gratitude to C. Flament for his helpful remarks.
Developmental study of fair division and property†
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Copyright © 1975 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 385–394, July/September 1975
How to Cite
Moessinger, P. (1975), Developmental study of fair division and property. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 5: 385–394. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2420050310
- Issue online: 22 FEB 2006
- Version of Record online: 22 FEB 2006
This paper attempts to describe how sharing behavior develops. Subjects were pairs of children aged 4 to 15. The experimental situation follows the pattern of a rich sharing with a poor, that is, subjects do not possess the same amount at the beginning of the experiment. Three stages emerge:
— Up to 6–7 years the subjects do not compare the different sets (initial belongings, set to be shared) and proceed often by alternating actions (give and take).
— From 6–7 to 11–12 years they even out their final belongings (what they possess after sharing). Initial belongings and objects to be shared are considered in the same way.
— From 11–12 years on, there is a distinction between initial belongings and the set that is to be shared, based on the assumption that they are dealing with two different types of property.