AP  >> Vol. 6 No. 2 (February 2016)

    Other-Regarding Preferences in Only Children: An Experimental Study Based on Game Theory

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郭庆科,虞树双:山东师范大学心理学院,山东 济南

独生儿童涉他偏好博弈实验同胞关系Only Child Other-Regarding Preferences Game Theory Sibling Relationship



The controversy over the only children has been the focus of society. Most native and abroad re-search focused on personality and morality of the only children has not been consistent. The game theoretical paradigm provides a new approach and perspective to study the difference of other- regarding preferences in the only children and those who have siblings. The results showed that only children’s resource allocations were more prosocial and egalitarian, while there is a smaller fraction of spiteful types in single children than in non-single children; for altruistic total scores, altruistic types and homo economics types, we did not find any significant difference between pupils who were only children and pupils who have siblings. The findings suggest that single children are not at any disadvantage compared to their peers who have siblings and they enjoy some advantages even in some aspects.

郭庆科, 虞树双 (2016). 博弈实验研究范式下独生儿童的涉他偏好. 心理学进展, 6(2), 121-133. http://dx.doi.org/10.12677/AP.2016.62016


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