They do not suffer like usThe differential attribution of social pain as a dehumanization criterion in children

  1. Alexandra Chas Villar 1
  2. Verónica Betancor Rodríguez 1
  3. Naira Delgado Rodríguez 1
  4. Armando Rodríguez Pérez 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España



ISSN: 0214-9915

Year of publication: 2018

Volume: 30

Issue: 2

Pages: 207-211

Type: Article

More publications in: Psicothema


JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2018
  • Journal Impact Factor: 1.551
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 1.329
  • Article influence score: 0.472
  • Best Quartile: Q2
  • Area: PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 57/137 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

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  • Year 2018
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.641
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  • Area: Psychology (miscellaneous) Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 86/274

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  • Year 2018
  • Journal Impact: 2.000
  • Field: PSICOLOGÍA Quartile: C1 Rank in field: 6/116


  • Social Sciences: A+

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  • Year 2018
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 2.5
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Background: Social pain is considered a feature of humanity. The goal of this study was to confirm whether children, like adults, dehumanise out-group members attributing them less capacity to experience social pain than to in-group members. Methods: A total of 119 participants aged between 9 and 13 years responded to a questionnaire which collected information about situations that caused physical pain and situations that caused social pain. The task of the participants was to indicate to what extent they considered that two persons (a member of the in-group and a member of an out-group) would experience pain in each situation. Results: The results indicated that there was a higher estimate of social pain suffered by in-group members. There were no significant differences in the case of situations that generated physical in the groups. Conclusions: The results were analysed from the dehumanisation perspective

Funding information

This study was supported by two research projects: PS2012-34227 and PSI2016-78450-P, Office of Scientific and Technical Research (DGICYT).


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