Do as I say and not as I think: Parent socialisation of lie-telling behaviour

Jennifer Lavoie*, Karissa Leduc, Angela M. Crossman, Victoria Talwar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

This study explored parent (N = 146) perspectives about situations in which they think it is acceptable to lie, how this corresponds to how they socialise their children about lie-telling and their children’s actual behaviour. Results indicated the methods parents report using to teach their children about the acceptability of lie-telling are consistent with what they report teaching their children about lie-telling overall. Also, the frequency of lies that children told (N = 88) to protect themselves from psychological distress or conflict differed between those who were taught that lying is sometimes acceptable versus those taught it is never acceptable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-264
Number of pages12
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • behaviour development
  • child
  • lie-telling
  • moral behaviour
  • parent socialisation


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