Child helpers : a multidisciplinary perspective / David F. Lancy.Call number: HQ767.9 L36 2020eb Material type: TextSeries: Elements in psychology and culture: Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2020Description: 1 online resource (81 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781108769204 (ebook) ; 9781108738552 (paperback) (Invalid ISBN) Subject(s): Child developmentDDC classification: 305.231 Online resources: Click here to access online
1. Juvenile Helpers -- 2. Setting the Stage -- 3. Weighing the Evidence -- 4. Contrasting Cultural Contexts for Child Helpers -- 5. What Are the Benefits of the Child’s Need to Help? -- 6. Summary and Conclusions.
In most of the worlds' distinct cultures, children - from toddlerhood - eagerly volunteer to help others with their chores. Laboratory research in child psychology supports the claim that the helper “stage” is biologically based. This Element examines the development of helping in varied cultural contexts, in particular, reviewing evidence for supportive environments in the ethnographic record versus an environment that extinguishes the drive to be helpful in WEIRD children. In the last section, the benefits of the helper stage are discussed, specifically the development of an ability to work and learn collaboratively.