From empathy to action: Can enhancing host-society children’s empathy promote positive attitudes and prosocial behavior toward refugees?
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|Title:||From empathy to action: Can enhancing host-society children’s empathy promote positive attitudes and prosocial behavior toward refugees?||Authors:||Taylor, Laura K.; Glen, Catherine||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11041||Date:||17-Aug-2019||Online since:||2019-08-26T14:17:32Z||Abstract:||Over half of refugees are school-aged children. In host communities, children’s attitudes and behaviors are important for integration of refugee children. This study examines the empathy-attitude-action model in middle childhood (N=94, 8 to 11 years old). In both the experimental and control conditions, children were introduced to a (fictional) refugee, and told he/she would be moving to their school. The experimental condition also listened to a storybook about the child’s refugee experience. Empathy, outgroup attitudes and prosocial behavior toward the incoming child, and refugees as a group, were measured. Although mediation was not supported, the storybook condition reported more empathy and helping intentions, and attitudes predicted helping intentions but not giving to refugees. Results highlight how host-society children can welcome refugees.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Wiley||Journal:||Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology||Copyright (published version):||2019 WIley||Keywords:||Empathy; Attitudes; Prosocial behavior; Refugees; Children||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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