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ERIC Number: EJ811121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
Positive Illusion of Exemplary Altruists
Lee, Jee Y.; Chung, Hae Y.
Asia Pacific Education Review, v9 n2 p94-100 Apr 2008
This paper examines the relationship between altruism and positive illusion, as formulated by Taylor and Brown (1988). It was predicted that, compared to the non-exemplary, general population, exemplary altruists would exhibit a higher level of positive illusion, which, in turn, suggests a higher level of mental health. Forty exemplary altruists and forty non-exemplary altruists were assessed in terms of positive illusion and compared with each other using Hotelling T[superscript 2] followed by univariate t-test. The results supported the prediction that exemplary altruists showed higher scores in terms of positive illusion than that of the non-exemplary general population. The implications of the results are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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