Do Children Perceive Links Between Physical Attractiveness, Possessions, and Aggression?

Tabitha Thomas, Univesty of Otago, New Zealand
Kirsten Robertson, Univesty of Otago, New Zealand
Maree Thyne, Univesty of Otago, New Zealand
We examine beauty stereotypes in children and the associations they make between physical attractiveness, possessions, and aggressive behaviour. Across four studies, we find that children perceive attractive children to own expensive possessions and display prosocial behaviour, whereas,unattractive children were perceived to own cheap possessions and display antisocial behaviour.
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Tabitha Thomas, Kirsten Robertson, and Maree Thyne (2016) ,"Do Children Perceive Links Between Physical Attractiveness, Possessions, and Aggression?", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 44, eds. Page Moreau and Stefano Puntoni, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 762-762.