ERIC Number: ED230861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Self-Recording as a Method of Increasing Altruistic Behavior.
Webb, Raymond J.
It has been suggested that training in altruistic behavior would last longer if the change were self-initiated. To compare methods of increasing altruistic behavior, 103 male college students were randomly assigned either to self-record their altruisitc behaviors, to read about helping and caring, or to a control group. All took the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and were peer-rated and rated themselves (pre- and posttest) on a measure of altruisitc attitudes. On six unobstrusive measures, self-recorders had significantly more altruistic behaviors than controls and marginally more than readers. Self-recorders gained significantly more on the altruistic attitudes measure (posttest versus pretest). Peer rating on the altruism scale was significantly correlated with mean daily amount of self-recorded altruistic behavior. The findings support the notion that self-recording is an effective means of increasing altruistic behavior. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory; Self Monitoring
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).