Mine or yours? Development of sharing in toddlers in relation to ownership understanding.


Journal Article

To examine early developments in other-oriented resource sharing, fifty-one 18- and 24-month-old children were administered 6 tasks with toys or food that could be shared with an adult playmate who had none. On each task the playmate communicated her desire for the items in a series of progressively more explicit cues. Twenty-four-month-olds shared frequently and spontaneously. Eighteen-month-olds shared when given multiple opportunities and when the partner provided enough communicative support. Younger children engaged in self-focused and hypothesis-testing behavior in lieu of sharing more often than did older children. Ownership understanding, separately assessed, was positively associated with sharing and negatively associated with non-sharing behavior, independent of age and language ability.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brownell, CA; Iesue, SS; Nichols, SR; Svetlova, M

Published Date

  • May 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 84 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 906 - 920

PubMed ID

  • 23145536

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23145536

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/cdev.12009


  • eng