Adolescents’ Prosocial Behaviors Through a Multidimensional and Multicultural Lens
Prosocial behaviors; culture; adolescence
ABSTRACT—The study of prosocial behaviors—actions that beneﬁt others—continues to evolve in sophisticated ways. Such actions are important for understanding moral development, as well as health and behavioral well-being, and have implications for addressing societal and global challenges (e.g., hate crimes, cooperation, peace). In this article, we brieﬂy summarize research on prosocial behaviors during adolescence, a period of age-related changes in these actions that is considered important in the development of moral identity. We review work that conceptualizes these behaviors as global and unidimensional, and present the limits of these early conceptions. We also present a heuristic model that supports a multidimensional approach integrating target, context, motives, culture, and development, and we summarize evidence for the model (with a focus on U.S. Latino/a youth). We assert that a more nuanced approach to the study of prosocial behaviors positions scholars to understand prosocial development more thoroughly and develop effective intervention efforts designed to foster such desirable qualities.
Original Publication Citation
Carlo, G., & Padilla-Walker, L. M. (2020). Adolescents’ prosocial behaviors through a multidimensional and multicultural looking glass: What are prosocial behaviors and why are they important? Child Development Perspectives, 14, 265-272.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Carlo, Gustavo and Padilla-Walker, Laura M., "Adolescents’ Prosocial Behaviors Through a Multidimensional and Multicultural Lens" (2020). Faculty Publications. 4982.
Child Development Perspectives
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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