Children’s Use of Justice Principles in Allocation Situations

Focus on the Need Principle
  • Ingeborg Wender
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


This chapter is primarily concerned with the development of distributive justice in children. It will concentrate on the knowledge the child can activate in hypothetical situations and will discuss the child’s organization of this knowledge in the course of his or her development. Discussion will focus on the cognitive developmental model and will draw primarily on the work of Piaget (1932/1973) and Damon (1977). A comparison of Piaget’s and Damon’s models will provide the context for a discussion of allocation research done with children. Research conducted over the past several years at the Technical University at Braunschweig, as well as research on prosocial behavior, suggests that children develop social understanding very early in their lives, and that this development affects their ideas of justice.


Preschool Child Moral Judgment Prosocial Behavior Distributive Justice Equality Principle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingeborg Wender
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  1. 1.Seminar für Psychologie, Fachbereich 9Technischen Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigWest Germany

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