Title

Longitudinal Change in Adolescents’ Prosocial Behavior Toward Strangers, Friends, and Family

Keywords

Prosocial behavior, adolescence

Abstract

There is little understanding about how prosocial behavior toward different targets might change over time, and what might promote initial levels and age‐related changes in prosocial behavior. Thus, this study examined longitudinal change in prosocial behavior toward strangers, friends, and family from early adolescence through the transition to adulthood. Participants included 500 adolescents from the United States (age 12 to age 20; 52% female, 65% European American). Latent growth curve models suggested that prosocial behavior toward strangers increased across early to mid‐adolescence and then flattened out during the transition to adulthood, prosocial behavior toward friends increased steadily, and prosocial behavior toward family was relatively stable across adolescence and then increased. Predictors of initial levels and growth in prosocial behavior varied by target.

Original Publication Citation

Padilla-Walker, L.M., Carlo, G., & *Memmott-Elison, M. K. (2018). Longitudinal change in adolescents’ prosocial behavior toward strangers, friends, and family. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 28, 698-719.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-11-16

Publisher

Journal of Research on Adolescence

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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