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Developmental Trend of the Effect of Disgust Emotion on Moral Judgement in Children and Adolescents | OMICS International | Abstract
ISSN: 2375-4494

Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior
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Research Article

Developmental Trend of the Effect of Disgust Emotion on Moral Judgement in Children and Adolescents

Ming Peng1, Lei Chang2* and Chi-shing Tse3

1Department of Psychology, Central China Normal University, Hong Kong

2Department of Psychology, University of Macau, MACAU, Hong Kong

3Department of Educational Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

*Corresponding Author:
Lei Chang
University of Macau, MACAU, Hong Kong
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Received Date: October 21, 2016; Accepted Date: October 26, 2016; Published Date: October 31, 2016

Citation: Peng M, Chang L, Tse CS (2016) Developmental Trend of the Effect of Disgust Emotion on Moral Judgement in Children and Adolescents. J Child Adolesc Behav 4: 318. doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000318

Copyright: © 2016 Peng M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Disgusting emotion was evolved to avoid disease infection. When the risk of contracting disease increases, people become more compliant with social rules to avoid the infection of disease. Previous studies showed that when primed with disgusting emotion (vs. neutral emotion), young adults rated moral violation behaviors more severely. In the present study, we examined the developmental trend of the influence of primed disgusting emotion on moral judgment across age groups. Participants rated either disgusting or neutral pictures and then completed a standardized moral questionnaire. Results showed that 10 and 16-year-old participants’, but not 6 or 13-year-old participants, rated the moral violations more severely when disgust primed. These findings suggest that the influence of disgusting emotion on moral judgements is not constant but varies at different developmental stages.

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