This research was initiated under a Spencer Foundation Grant to Sydney Hans and Judith Musick. Final preparation of this manuscript was aided by a fellowship awarded to the first author from the Social Science Research Council through funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. We would like to thank the three anonymous reviewers who made comments on an earlier version of this manuscript; their assistance was invaluable.
Socialization and Social Judgments among Inner-City African-American Kindergartners
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Volume 67, Issue 1, pages 140–150, February 1996
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Jagers, R. J., Bingham, K. and Hans, S. L. (1996), Socialization and Social Judgments among Inner-City African-American Kindergartners. Child Development, 67: 140–150. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1996.tb01725.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
This study explores the relations between certain socialization experiences and social judgments among poor, inner-city African-American kindergartners. 54 mothers and their children took part in this investigation. Consistent with the domain distinction literature, children made judgments about the seriousness, rule contingency, context contingency, and punishment deserved for familiar moral and social-conventional transgressions. Mothers were queried regarding their child-rearing values and discipline practices and described their children's peer network and social experiences. Results indicated that children distinguished between moral and social-conventional issues when explaining why they were wrong and in terms of rule and home context contingency criteria, but not the other judgment criteria. Mothers placed high value on conformity and most often ignored or talked to children about their misbehavior. More frequent use of talking, less ignoring, and less denial of privileges by mothers predicted children's making the domain distinction. Discussion focuses on methodological limitations and directions for future research.