Title

Adolescents' Prosocial Responses to Ostracism: An Experimental Study

Keywords

ostracism, adolescents, personality, prosocial, social exclusion

Abstract

Ostracism can lead to strong behavioral responses, including diminished prosocial behavior. To date, experimental research examining this effect has only been conducted with adults. The current study consisted of 40 adolescents, half of whom were experimentally ostracized using the Cyberball paradigm. Participants' subsequent levels of pronounced prosocial behavior were measured, and personality traits were examined as possible moderators in participant behavioral responses. Results revealed that, compared to controls, ostracized adolescents showed less prosocial behavior, and this was moderated by having an “open” personality.

Original Publication Citation

Coyne, S. M., *Gundersen, N., Nelson, D. A., & *Stockdale, L. (2011). Adolescents’ prosocial responses to ostracism: An experimental study. Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 1-5.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010-02-04

Publisher

The Journal of Social Psychology

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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