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Psico-USF

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SOUZA, Maria Thereza Costa Coelho de; FOLQUITTO, Camila Tarif Ferreira; OLIVEIRA, Marcella Pereira de  and  NATALO, Samanta Pedroso. Judgements about actions and feelings in stories' interpretations: a Piagetian approach. Psico-USF (Impr.) [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.2, pp.265-276. ISSN 1413-8271.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-82712008000200013.

This paper presents some data of 76 children's representation of two Brothers Grimm's fairy tales: The wolf and the seven young kids and Mr. Wolf and Mrs. Cat. Children were aged from 5 to 10/11 years old. The article aims to discuss children's judgements about characters'feelings and actions, based on Piaget's concepts of values, judgments and emotional appreciation. The general hypothesis was that quality of judgement and the capacity for feelings evaluation increase with age. The method was the clinical interview adapted to the two fairy tales. Results indicated differences between the oldest and the youngest children of the sample, but statistical analisis didn't show significant differences between children near in age. This research contributed to discuss the possibility for using fairy tales in studies about children emotional appreciation and moral judgements.

Keywords : Judgments; Feelings; Piagetian approach; Stories.

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