Imitative Altruism by Deaf Children The study was designed to investigate the influence of a behavioral model upon hearing-impaired children’s behavior and judgments. Children from a residential school for the deaf witnessed a model practice either charity or greed and preach charity, greed, or normatively neutral material. A significant effect was obtained for the practices ... Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1971
Imitative Altruism by Deaf Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Tanis Schwartz
    Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
  • James H. Bryan
    Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1971
Imitative Altruism by Deaf Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1971, Vol. 14, 453-461. doi:10.1044/jshr.1403.453
History: Received March 9, 1970
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1971, Vol. 14, 453-461. doi:10.1044/jshr.1403.453
History: Received March 9, 1970

The study was designed to investigate the influence of a behavioral model upon hearing-impaired children’s behavior and judgments. Children from a residential school for the deaf witnessed a model practice either charity or greed and preach charity, greed, or normatively neutral material.

A significant effect was obtained for the practices of the model; 30 of the 32 subjects imitated the behavior of the model to whom he had been exposed. Results are discussed regarding their implication for theories of altruistic behavior and remedial programs for the deaf.

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