Children as Young as Eight are Just as Capable as Adults to Recognize the Seriousness of Criminal Acts.
Children as young as eight are just as capable as adults to recognize the seriousness of criminal acts.
Researchers presented dozens of 8-year-olds, 12-year-olds, 16-year-olds, and young adults with eight vignettes each.
The researchers found that 8-year-olds rated criminal acts as worse than mischievous ones. They also connected these judgments with the more serious consequences of the criminal acts for the victims.
“Future research is needed to replicate these findings with children from diverse socio-economic levels and ethnicities and those with a history of criminal offending before drawing policy implications,” the researchers concluded.