The Development of Justice and Self-Interest during Childhood

  • William Damon
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


Anyone who spends time around young children eventually will encounter the ringing refrain of “That’s not fair!” Beginning as early as the preschool years, fairness plays a central role in every child’s social life. Particularly in its breach, it is a notion of which even young children are acutely aware. The outraged reaction of a 2-year-old to being denied a turn on a swing or a share of a cookie will attest to this early sense, at least as evoked in personally experienced injustices.


Group Session Choice Point Justice Principle Justice Reasoning Justice Conception 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • William Damon
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyClark UniversityWorcesterUSA

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