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Prosocial rule breaking, ingroups and social norms: parental decision-making about COVID-19 rule breaking in the UK

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Prosocial rule breaking, ingroups and social norms : parental decision-making about COVID-19 rule breaking in the UK. / Power, Nicola; Warmelink, Lara; Wallace, Rebecca.

In: Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 33, No. 1, 01.01.2023, p. 123-137.

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Power N, Warmelink L, Wallace R. Prosocial rule breaking, ingroups and social norms: parental decision-making about COVID-19 rule breaking in the UK. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 2023 Jan 1;33(1):123-137. Epub 2022 Sep 6. doi: 10.1002/casp.2650

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Power, Nicola ; Warmelink, Lara ; Wallace, Rebecca. / Prosocial rule breaking, ingroups and social norms : parental decision-making about COVID-19 rule breaking in the UK. In: Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 2023 ; Vol. 33, No. 1. pp. 123-137.

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