Social-Cognitive Contributors to Young Children’s Empathic and Prosocial Behavior

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Title: Social-Cognitive Contributors to Young Children’s Empathic and Prosocial Behavior
Author: Vaish, Amrisha; Warneken, Felix

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Citation: Vaish, Amrisha, and Felix Warneken. 2011. Social-Cognitive Contributors to Young Children’s Empathic and Prosocial Behavior. In Empathy: From Bench to Bedside, ed. Jean Decety, 131-146. Cambridge: MIT Press. doi:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016612.003.0008
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Abstract: This chapter discusses motivational factors and the contributors responsible for the empathic and prosocial behavior of young children. The reasons that people engage in prosocial behaviors, including self-benefit and society’s approval, are discussed. Empathy as an underlying prosocial behavior, along with its associated process sympathy, is studied to determine whether these are the factors responsible for young children’s prosocial behavior. The chapter discusses young children’s understanding of the situational cues and responding empathically to them. Instrumental helping acts of children aimed at helping other people in attaining their goals rather than looking for self-benefit are discussed, as is the role of culture and experience in influencing young children’s prosocial behavior.
Published Version: doi:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016612.003.0008
Other Sources: http://www.eva.mpg.de/psycho/staff/vaish/pdf/Vaish_Warneken_in_press.pdf
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