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Growing up in Africa: Age and Pro-Social Attitudes in Primary Schoolchildren in Goma (DRC)

digital Growing up in Africa: Age and Pro-Social Attitudes in Primary
Schoolchildren in Goma (DRC)
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journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2017 - 4
title Growing up in Africa: Age and Pro-Social Attitudes in Primary Schoolchildren in Goma (DRC)
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 04-2018
doi 10.26350/000518_000004
issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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While an extensive literature based on analysis conducted in developed countries shows that primary school children develop prosocial attitudes as they grow older, with school acting as the main driver of the socialisation process, there is little evidence of what may happen in very different socio-cultural and economic context. The paper aims at testing the relation between age and prosocial attitudes and behaviours by focusing on a sample of about 400 children attending 10 primary schools located in pheripheral areas of Goma, capital city of the North Kivu province in the northeast region of Democratic Republic of Congo. The evidence of behavioural experiments shows that schoolchildren attitude to truthfully report their choices tends to decrease with age (i.e. cheating increases); we also explore the relationship between other prosocial attitudes and age, finding mixed and weak evidence.

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Prosocial preferences; Children; Cheating; Mind-cheating task, Lab-in-the-Field Experiment; Democratic Republic of Congo.