Parent Talk About Economic Inequality and Achievement!

Parent Talk About Economic Inequality and Achievement!

Furman Development Lab (Furman University)

Who Can Participate

Parents of 6- to 11-year-olds

What Happens

In this study, we are interested in how parents discuss economic achievement and inequality with their children. There are two parts to our project. You may participate in either only the Parent Survey or in both the Parent Survey and the Child Study! In the Parent Survey, you will answer questions about yourself (e.g., age, gender) and about your child and any other primary caregivers. We will also ask you about your view of the economic state of the United States, whether and why you might discuss economic achievement and inequality with your child, and how you may teach them about or shield them from these topics when your child observes economic differences. We also have an optional follow-up study for your child. In a guided Zoom interview with a trained research assistant, your child will answer questions about economic achievement and inequality. If you are interested in having your child participate in the follow-up study, you may sign up for the Child Study at the end of the Parent Survey!

What We're Studying

The purpose of this research is to determine how parents and guardians of 6 to 11-year-olds discuss economic achievement and inequality with their children. Parents help their children understand the world around them. We hope this study helps developmental psychologists better understand how parents talk to their children about these inequalities and how these discussions influence their children's knowledge about these subjects.


20-30 minutes


Parents will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $100 gift cards for participating at the conclusion of the study. For participating in the optional follow-up Child Study, you will receive a $5 gift card to thank you for participating. In order to receive compensation, you must be eligible to participate in the study. This means you (the parent) are 18 years of age or older, have a child between 6 and 11 years of age (visible on consent video), live in the United States, are able to read and complete a survey in English, and have not participated in this study before. For children, they must be between 6 to 11 years of age, live in the United States, have a parent who has completed the Parent Survey, be able to answer questions with an experimenter over Zoom, and have not participated (or had a sibling participate) in the study before.

This study is conducted by Amanda Burkholder (contact:

Would you like to participate in this study?