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Cultural Differences in Children’s White Lie-Telling Behaviour

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posted on 2024-02-12, 23:13 authored by Roksana Dobrin-De Grâce

This research explored cultural differences in children’s white lie-telling behaviour by comparing 4- to 5-year-old Anglo Canadian, Chinese Canadian, and Russian Canadian children. Two online experiments, a Reverse Rouge Task (Experiment 1) and an Art Rating Task (Experiment 2), put participants in politeness situations that prompted them to tell a white lie (or a blunt truth). Parental measures of collectivism and parenting style were also collected to explore children’s likelihood of white lie-telling in relation to these factors. The current data revealed that, contrary to our hypotheses, children’s likelihood of white lie-telling behaviour did not vary as a function of their cultural background or the presence/absence of a stated social consequence and was not predicted by parental collectivism or authoritarianism. Across both experiments, parental authoritativeness was positively associated with children’s likelihood of white lie-telling behaviour. These findings are discussed in relation to possible factors that might have accounted for the lack of cultural differences, and directions for future research are proposed.

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  • Master of Arts

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  • Psychology

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

  • Thesis

Thesis Advisor

Dr. Lili Ma

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