Children's and Adults' Affectionate Generosity Toward Members of Different Religious Groups

Heiphetz, Larisa A.; Young, Liane L.

This paper examines children’s and adults’ willingness to give a non-monetary resource—affection—to in-group versus out-group members. In a study of attitudes toward Christian, Jewish, and non-religious people, religious participants—children as well as adults— reported that the religious out-group member was more like them and more likeable than the non-religious character, despite the fact that both characters were members of an out-group. Non-religious participants did not distinguish between out-group characters in response to these questions. Although these patterns emerged among both children and adults, we also found that children reported more affection toward Christian characters than did adults. We discuss implications of the results for the study of generosity as well as for intergroup attitudes, religious cognition, and development.


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American Behavioral Scientist
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April 3, 2019


Keywords: generosity, intergroup attitudes, life-course development, religion, social cognition