ERIC Number: EJ935679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
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Reference Count: 29
Empathy and Self-Regulation as Mediators between Parenting and Adolescents' Prosocial Behavior toward Strangers, Friends, and Family
Padilla-Walker, Laura M.; Christensen, Katherine J.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v21 n3 p545-551 Sep 2011
The current study examined the role of empathy and self-regulation as mediators between positive parenting (mothering and fathering) and early adolescents' prosocial behavior toward 3 targets (strangers, friends, and family). Data were taken from Time 1 and Time 2 of the "Flourishing Families Project," and included reports from 500 families with an early adolescent child (mean age of child at Time 1 = 11.29). Analyses suggested that predictors of prosocial behavior toward the 3 targets differed, with empathy (as reported by mothers only) and self-regulation mediating the relation between positive parenting and prosocial behavior toward strangers and friends, but not toward family. Positive mothering was the only variable that was significantly related to prosocial behavior toward family. The discussion focuses on the need for continued research examining a relational approach to prosocial development.
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Prosocial Behavior, Early Adolescents, Empathy, Self Control, Predictor Variables, Stranger Reactions, Family (Sociological Unit), Friendship
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