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ERIC Number: EJ1119221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Prosocial Motivation: Inferences from an Opaque Body of Work
Eisenberg, Nancy; VanSchyndel, Sarah K.; Spinrad, Tracy L.
Child Development, v87 n6 p1668-1678 Nov-Dec 2016
Because motivations for prosocial actions typically are unclear, sometimes even to actors but especially for observers, it is difficult to study prosocial motivation. This article reviews research that provides evidence regarding children's motives for prosocial behaviors. First, we present a heuristic model to classify motives on the dimension of reflecting altruistic (with the ultimate goal of benefiting another) to egoism (the ultimate goal of benefiting the self) goals; in addition, we briefly discuss classifying motives based on a continuum of morality. Next, we review findings indicating the existence of a number of different motives in our model and briefly discuss developmental issues, when possible. Future directions for the study of prosocial motivation are proposed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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