The Influence of Receiver Status on Donor Prosociality in 6- to 11-Year-Old Children

Nicola McGuigan*, Ruth Fisher, Rory Glasgow

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    The aim of this study was to explore the interplay between donor prosociality and receiver status using a fixed-choice resource distribution paradigm. Sixty children aged 6-11 years allocated resources to two high-status adults and two lower status adults under three different payoff structures. The donor could choose between an egalitarian option and an option that either resulted in an allocation that favored either the donor (Prosocial) or the receiver (Envy), or one in which the donor sacrificed resources to maintain parity (Costly Sharing). The results showed that the interplay between receiver status, donor age, and the payoff structure was complex, with children displaying selective generosity in which the status of the receiver played a key role.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)855–869
    Number of pages15
    JournalChild Development
    Issue number3
    Early online date25 Mar 2016
    Publication statusPublished - May 2016

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Education


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