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ERIC Number: EJ930863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Identity, Prosocial Behavior, and Generative Concern in German and Cameroonian Nso Adolescents
Busch, Holger; Hofer, Jan
Journal of Adolescence, v34 n4 p629-638 Aug 2011
Little is known about whether ego identity statuses have the same developmental concomitants in different cultural contexts. Thus, 159 German and 158 Cameroonian Nso adolescents aged 15-18 were recruited to test if associations between identity and generativity (i.e. the desire to create a positive legacy) and prosocial behavior (i.e. helpful and supportive behavior), respectively, are comparable. In both cultural samples, only identity achievement was positively linked with generative concern and prosocial tendencies. Integrating these and previous findings on the association between prosocial behavior and generativity, a partial mediation of the relation between identity achievement and generative concern through prosocial tendencies was hypothesized and confirmed for both cultural groups. Thus, there is an equivalent association between identity achievement, prosocial behavior, and generative concern in adolescents with widely different cultural background. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cameroon; Germany