Prosocial behavior, Sympathy, Self-regulation, Values, Moral personality, Moral identity
The current study examined bidirectional relations between adolescents' moral personality (prosocial values, self-regulation, and sympathy) and low- and high-cost prosocial behavior toward strangers. Participants included 682 adolescents (M age of child = 14.31, SD = 1.07, 50% female) who participated at two time points, approximately one year apart. Cross-lag analyses suggested that adolescents' values were associated with both low- and high-cost prosocial behavior one year later, self-regulation was associated with high-cost prosocial behavior, and sympathy was associated with low-cost prosocial behavior. Findings also suggested that low-cost prosocial behavior was associated with sympathy one year later, and high-cost prosocial behavior was associated with values. Discussion focuses on reciprocal relations between moral personality and prosocial behavior, and the need to consider a more multidimensional approach to prosocial development during adolescence.
Original Publication Citation
Padilla-Walker, L. M., & *Fraser, A. M. (2014). How much is it going to cost me? Bidirectional relations between adolescents’ moral personality and prosocial behavior Journal of Adolescence, 37, 993-1001.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Padilla-Walker, Laura M. and Fraser, Ashley M., "How much is it going to cost me? Bidirectional relations between adolescents' moral personality and prosocial behavior" (2014). Faculty Publications. 4943.
Journal of Adolescence
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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