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Prosocial DevelopmentA Multidimensional Approach$
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Laura M. Padilla-Walker and Gustavo Carlo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964772.001.0001

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Predicting Prosocial Tendencies Among Mexican American Youth

Predicting Prosocial Tendencies Among Mexican American Youth

The Intersection of Cultural Values, Social Cognitions, and Social Emotions

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Prosocial Development

Gustavo Carlo

George P. Knight

Camille D. Basilio

Alexandra N. Davis

Oxford University Press

The chapter reviews and critiques traditional models and approaches in the study of prosocial behaviors, especially with regard to the study of ethnic minority populations. The chapter proposes an integration of traditional social developmental models with a culture specific conceptual and methodological approach. This integrative approach is discussed within the context of research on prosocial development in Mexican American children and youth. Recent research and newer integrative models on prosocial behaviors in this population are summarized. Finally, recommendations for future research that considers the multidimensionality of prosocial behaviors, developmental normative processes (such as sociocognitive tendencies), and culture specific mechanisms (such as cultural values) are presented.

Keywords:   prosocial behaviors, Mexican Americans, Latinos, parenting, cultural values

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