ERIC Number: EJ937564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
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An Emergent Theory of Altruism and Self-Interest
Flynn, Stephen V.; Black, Linda L.
Journal of Counseling & Development, v89 n4 p459-469 Fall 2011
Beliefs about altruism and self-interest of 25 participants were examined through a grounded theory methodology. Altruism was defined as the promotion of needs of others and self-interest as the promotion of needs of self. Data sources included interviews, focus group, journal analysis, artifacts, and a measure of altruism. The relationship between altruism and self-interest emerged and was composed of 12 themes. Themes described a dynamic theory that was systemic, values oriented, and interactional.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Critical Theory, Altruism, Focus Groups, Interviews, Attitude Measures, Content Analysis, Interests, Beliefs, Social Theories, Behavior Theories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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