Parents’ marital status, psychological counseling and dishonest kindergarten children: An experimental study

Yossef Tobol, Gideon Yaniv

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Abstract

The present paper reports the results of an experiment which studied the effects of parents’ marital status (divorced or non-divorced) and psychological counseling (administered or not) on the honesty level of kindergarten children. Data on marital status and psychological counseling was anonymously provided by the kindergarten teachers and children's level of honesty was assessed by a flip-coin task which rewarded a self-reported favorable outcome. The experiment gave rise to two major results: first, children of divorced parents are less honest than children of non-divorced parents and second, psychological counseling helps improve honesty among children of divorced parents but fails to do so among children of non-divorced parents. No gender effect was found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume167
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Dishonest behavior
  • Flip coin task
  • Kindergarten children
  • Psychological counseling

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