Lying in children as a function of adult monitoring
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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 behaviors.
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