ERIC Number: EJ767568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
A Latent Growth Curve Analysis of Prosocial Behavior among Rural Adolescents
Carlo, Gustavo; Crockett, Lisa J.; Randall, Brandy A.; Roesch, Scott C.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v17 n2 p301-324 May 2007
The present study was designed to investigate stability and changes in prosocial behavior and the parent and peer correlates of prosocial behavior in rural adolescents. Participants were from a rural, low SES community in the Eastern United States. The participants were in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades at Time 1 and 10th, 11th, and 12th grades at Time 4, and completed measures of prosocial behavior and quality of parent and peer relationships. Latent growth curve modeling revealed that despite moderate stability in individual differences in prosocial behavior and slight increases in quality of peer and parent relationships, level of prosocial behavior declined until late high school with a slight rebound in grade 12. Furthermore, increases in the quality of peer relationships predicted decreases in prosocial behavior for girls but not boys. Discussion focuses on continuity and change in prosocial behavior and the gender-based relations between quality of parent and peer relationships and prosocial behaviors in adolescence.
Descriptors: Parent Influence, Adolescents, Grade 12, Prosocial Behavior, Rural Schools, Correlation, Peer Relationship, Secondary School Students, Parent Child Relationship, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Developmental Stages
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States