Empathy to action: Child and adolescent outgroup attitudes and prosocial behaviors in a setting of intergroup conflict

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Title: Empathy to action: Child and adolescent outgroup attitudes and prosocial behaviors in a setting of intergroup conflict
Authors: Taylor, Laura K.O’Driscoll, DeanDautel, JocelynMcKeown, Shelley
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11325
Date: 20-Oct-2019
Online since: 2020-03-20T12:23:04Z
Abstract: The paper explored how to promote constructive intergroup relations among children and young people in a context of protracted conflict. Across two studies, the Empathy‐Attitudes‐Action model was examined in middle childhood and adolescence. More specifically, we tested the relations among dispositional empathy, outgroup attitudes, and prosocial behaviors for youth born after the peace agreement in Northern Ireland. In one correlational (Study 1: N = 132; 6‐ to 11‐years‐old: M = 8.42 years, SD = 1.23) and one longitudinal design (Study 2: N = 466; 14‐ to 15‐years‐old), bootstrapped mediation analyses revealed that empathy was associated with more positive attitudes toward the conflict‐related outgroup, which in turn, was related to higher outgroup prosocial behaviors, both self‐report and concrete actions. Given that outgroup prosocial acts in a setting of intergroup conflict may serve as the antecedents for peacebuilding among children and adolescents, this study has intervention implications.
metadata.dc.description.othersponsorship: Queen's University Belfast
Department of Employment and Learning Northern Ireland
Richard Benjamin Trust
British Academy (BA)/Leverhulme
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Social Development
Volume: 29
Issue: 2
Start page: 461
End page: 477
Copyright (published version): 2019 Wiley
Keywords: AdolescentsChildrenConflict resolutionEmpathy
DOI: 10.1111/sode.12421
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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