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Re: [SVR-Group] Why Do Young Children Choose to Become Vegetarians?

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  • ruxi_c
    chiar ca e misto articolul (si site-ul ala cu copii prezentati). eu tocmai am un nou coleg de casa care a crescut vegetarian si doar de citiva ani maninca si
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      chiar ca e misto articolul (si site-ul ala cu copii
      prezentati). eu tocmai am un nou coleg de casa care a
      crescut vegetarian si doar de citiva ani maninca si
      carne (putin)... e-atit de trist fenomenu' asta! am de
      gind sa-l mai descos pe tip, pe mine ma intereseaza
      intotdeauna cum se simte cineva care face schimbarea
      asta - impresia mea e ca e chiar mai drastica decit
      schimbarea de la omnivorism la vegetarianism.


      --- Marius-Cristian Vasilescu <marius@...> wrote:

      > Foarte misto articolul. Ca tot a venit vorba de
      > copii, o pagina noua
      > despre ei (eu n-am putut sa o accesez, pt ca e
      > serverul jos chiar acum):
      > Articolul, de fapt studiul:
      > Why Do Young Children Choose to Become Vegetarians?
      > by Jill Anderson
      > August 8, 2006
      > Doctoral Student Karen Hussar with Alejandra Tumble
      > Alejandra Tumble, 10, doesn’t eat meat and
      > really doesn’t
      > like ham. But, her reasons for not eating meat might
      > surprise you.
      > Alejandra talks at length about her choice not to
      > eat meat, and how
      > strange it seems to her that a pig can be processed
      > into a thin slice
      > of pink meat. She thinks it’s wrong—not
      > for everyone, but
      > at least for her.
      > HGSE Doctoral Student Karen Hussar’s research
      > examines children
      > aged 6–10 who have become vegetarians. As with
      > Alejandra, for
      > most children Hussar studied, the decision has more
      > to do with morals
      > than with personal choice. This is contrary to the
      > theories of famed
      > psychologists Lawrence Kohlberg and Jean
      > Piaget—both pioneers in
      > moral development—that children aren’t
      > capable of making
      > independent moral decisions at this age.
      > “It’s exciting to see how relatively
      > autonomous and
      > independently-minded these children are,” says
      > Thomas Professor
      > Paul Harris, who advised Hussar throughout the
      > research. “This
      > means that children are being influenced by other
      > children and going
      > against the tide in their own homes, which are
      > meat-eating homes. We
      > don’t know much about how children make moral
      > decisions at such
      > a young age. I think this is a good pioneering
      > effort.”
      > Hussar, who began her study on vegetarians on the
      > recommendation of
      > Harris, says that vegetarian children are the
      > perfect subjects for
      > research about moral development.
      > “When you talk to kids about bullying or
      > teasing, they all know
      > the right answers and can say it’s
      > wrong,” Hussar says.
      > “However, the nice thing about this population
      > [vegetarian] of
      > children is they don’t have the prescribed
      > answers in their
      > heads. So, you feel you’re getting real
      > responses about
      > morality.”
      > Hussar’s research looked at a total of 45
      > children—some
      > vegetarians from meat-eating homes, some vegetarians
      > from vegetarian
      > homes, and some nonvegetarians—and inquired
      > about their
      > decisions to eat or not to eat meat through role
      > play. In order to
      > gauge how these children made their decisions,
      > Hussar set up methods
      > of questioning that provided four different stories
      > for the children
      > including moral, personal, meat-eating, and social.
      > Then, Hussar
      > compared the responses to determine how their
      > judgments differed.
      > Through these interviews, she discovered that many
      > children made the
      > choice based on moral reasons. “Their
      > responses were more about
      > how animals are their friends,” Hussar
      > explains. “They
      > could’ve used personal reasons like, ‘I
      > feel
      > healthier,’ or taste reasons like, ‘Bad
      > for my taste
      > buds—it’s really chewy.’”
      > In one of Hussar’s first studies, the
      > vegetarians came from
      > meat-eating homes and had made this decision
      > entirely separate from
      > their families. The research revealed that
      > [nonvegetarian] children
      > judged those who made a decision to refrain from
      > eating meat for moral
      > reasons more harshly than those who made personal
      > decisions.
      > Even more interesting for Hussar was the discovery
      > that all of the
      > vegetarian children disclosed moral reasons to not
      > eat meat, such as
      > “I don’t like the idea of killing
      > animals,” or
      > “I love animals and I didn’t want to eat
      > them…I just
      > wanted to be nice.” The nonvegetarian children
      > [in the study]
      > didn’t acknowledge morals at all.
      > More surprising was that the vegetarian children
      > didn’t judge
      > those who chose to eat meat as being bad. “For
      > those that come
      > from families where they’re the only non-meat
      > eater it may be
      > hard for them to be judgmental of the people they
      > live with because
      > they’re their role models,” Hussar says.
      > In fact, the
      > vegetarian children looked more harshly upon those
      > children who had
      > once committed to not eating meat for moral reasons
      > and then broke
      > that commitment.
      > Hussar admits that everything isn’t so cut and
      > dry. Many
      > nonvegetarian children can recognize the moral value
      > of not eating
      > meat, yet do not make the choice to become
      > vegetarian. She’s
      > eager to do more research to find out why certain
      > children stop eating
      > meat while others do not. “[Non-vegetarians]
      > don’t look
      > and think this [choice] is so unusual,” Hussar
      > says. “I
      > think [their choice to continue eating meat] has to
      > do in part with
      > majority. I don’t think it’s a case of
      > they don’t
      > recognize moral value, but it isn’t enough to
      > turn them into
      > vegetarians.”
      > As Hussar works on completing her dissertation this
      > year, she plans to
      > continue researching vegetarian children and moral
      > decisions. In the
      > upcoming year, she will work with Harris in studying
      > children who
      > become vegetarians through the influence of their
      > friends, as well as
      > the moral choices that lead to vegetarianism.

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