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ERIC Number: EJ875865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1325
Contemporaneous and 1-Year Longitudinal Prediction of Children's Prosocial Behavior from Sympathy and Moral Motivation
Malti, Tina; Gummerum, Michaela; Buchmann, Marlis
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v168 n3 p277-299 Sep 2007
The authors investigated the contemporaneous and longitudinal relations of children's (M age = 6.4 years) prosocial behavior to sympathy and moral motivation. Mothers and kindergarten teachers rated children's prosocial behavior. The authors measured sympathy via self- and adult reports. Moral motivation was assessed by children's attribution of emotions to hypothetical victimizers and self-as-victimizers and by moral reasoning after rule violations. Mother-rated prosocial behavior was contemporaneously and longitudinally related to sympathy. Moral motivation moderated the relation of sympathy to mother-rated prosocial behavior. Furthermore, boys' level of mother-rated prosocial behavior increased with level of moral motivation, whereas girls were high in mother-rated prosocial behavior, regardless of their level of moral motivation. Sympathy contemporaneously predicted kindergarten teacher-rated prosocial behavior. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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