ERIC Number: EJ1081953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
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Reference Count: 31
Longitudinal Bidirectional Relations between Adolescents' Sympathy and Prosocial Behavior
Carlo, Gustavo; Padilla-Walker, Laura M.; Nielson, Matthew G.
Developmental Psychology, v51 n12 p1771-1777 Dec 2015
Despite the importance of understanding sympathy and prosocial behaviors, research on the development of these tendencies in adolescence remains relatively sparse. In the present study, we examined age trends and bidirectional longitudinal relations in sympathy and prosocial behaviors across early to middle adolescents. Participants were 500 12-year-olds at Time 1 (52% girls, 70% European American) who completed measures of sympathy and prosocial behaviors at 5 different time points, each approximately 1 year apart. Results showed significant bidirectional relations between sympathy and prosocial behaviors across all time points, and an initial decrease of prosocial behaviors followed by an increase into middle adolescence. The implications for prosocial developmental theories and research are discussed.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Prosocial Behavior, Individual Characteristics, Caring, Adolescent Development, Age Differences, Correlation, Longitudinal Studies, Hypothesis Testing, Rating Scales, Attitude Measures, Psychological Patterns, Statistical Analysis, Family Structure, Family Income
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