Title page for ETD etd-02132009-172504
|Type of Document
||Jaquess, David Lynn
||Lying in children as a function of adult monitoring
||Master of Science
|Finney, Jack W.
|Franchina, Joseph J.
|Ollendick, Thomas H.
- Truthfulness and falsehood
|Date of Defense
A procedure similar to correspondence training was used to assess
the propensity of children to lie under varying levels of adult
monitoring. Thirteen children selected pieces of food to be eaten later
as a snack, and reported their selections to an experimenter. The
manipulation involved reinforcement for reports of having selected a
previously unselected food. Eleven of 13 subjects were completely
honest with no differences between subjects with a history of frequent
lying and subjects with a generally honest history. These data are
inconsistent with previously published correspondence training studies.
Subjects may have responded to environmental cues that served as
discriminative stimuli indicating that subjects' behavior was being
monitored. Subjects may have entered the study with a generalized
correspondence rule which left their behavior insensitive to
contingencies in the protocol. Parental reports of frequent motives for
lying and behavior problem scores are also reported. Suggested
directions for future research within this paradigm include comparisons
across levels of cognitive development, incorporating naturalistic
settings with more familiar adults, examining influence of live or
symbolic modeling of lying, and using more clearly aversive target
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