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Prosocial Development: A Multidimensional Approach

Laura M. Padilla-Walker and Gustavo Carlo


Prosocial behavior (actions intended to benefit others) has been associated with a number of positive outcomes across childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. However, existing research often treats this complex set of behaviors as relatively unidimensional, which may account for a number of mixed and inconsistent findings. Thus, the book takes a multidimensional and developmental approach to prosocial behavior by examining multiple different types, targets, contexts, and motivations for prosocial behavior at different ages. Moreover, the book presents a range of theoretical perspectives a ... More

Keywords: prosocial behavior, development, children, adolescents, biology, socialization, context, culture, multidimensionality, parenting

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199964772
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964772.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura M. Padilla-Walker, editor
School of Family Life, Brigham Young University

Gustavo Carlo, editor
Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri

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Section 1 Overview of Prosocial Behavior

1 The Study of Prosocial Behavior

Laura M. Padilla-Walker, and Gustavo Carlo

2 Multidimensionality of Prosocial Behavior

Nancy Eisenberg, and Tracy L. Spinrad

Section 2 Biological Perspectives

5 The Prosocial Brain

Alek Chakroff, and Liane Young

Section 3 Socialization Perspectives

8 Sweetness on the Screen

Sarah M. Coyne, and Nathan J. Smith

Section 4 Cultural and Contextual Perspectives

11 The Cultural Contexts of Children’s Prosocial Behaviors

Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, Kieu Anh Do, and Car Mun Kok

12 Predicting Prosocial Tendencies Among Mexican American Youth

Gustavo Carlo, George P. Knight, Camille D. Basilio, and Alexandra N. Davis

13 Cross-Cultural Evidence of Multidimensional Prosocial Behaviors

Meredith McGinley, Deanna Opal, María Cristina Richaud, and Belén Mesurado

Section 5 Specific Targets and Types of Prosocial Behavior

17 Prosocial Behaviors in Early Childhood

Deborah Laible, and Erin Karahuta

19 The Social Construction of Volunteering

Daniel Hart, and Michael J. Sulik

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