Promoting Prosocial Behavior Toward Refugees: Exploring the Empathy-Attitude-Action Model in Middle Childhood

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Title: Promoting Prosocial Behavior Toward Refugees: Exploring the Empathy-Attitude-Action Model in Middle Childhood
Authors: Glen, CatherineTaylor, Laura K.Dautel, Jocelyn
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Date: 20-Oct-2019
Online since: 2020-04-22T12:04:23Z
Abstract: Given the current global “refugee crisis,” there is a need for research investigating methods to promote positive intergroup relationships in host communities. This chapter will explore how empathy can be used to encourage host-society children to develop positive attitudes and engage in helping and prosocial behaviors toward refugees. The focus will be on middle childhood, a period when youth acquire advanced forms of perspective taking and an increased understanding of intergroup dynamics. This chapter extends prior research in adult populations by applying the empathy-attitudes-action model as an intervention for preparing children to engage positively toward incoming refugee children. This model outlines that inducing empathy toward a member of a stigmatized group may improve out-group attitudes as a whole, and in turn, increase prosocial behavior toward that collective out-group. Furthermore, the chapter recognizes the agency of children in establishing harmonious intergroup relations and in creating peaceful and inclusive societies. This chapter concludes with a call to action, advocating for the implementation of preventative programs that prepare children to engage meaningfully with their new peers.
metadata.dc.description.othersponsorship: Rotary International
Capital Rotary Club, Rotary District 7770
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Springer
Series/Report no.: Peace Psychology Book series
Copyright (published version): 2020 the Authors
Keywords: Intergroup relationsProsocial behaviorEmapthyOut-group attitudesRefugeesMiddle childhood
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-22176-8_5
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Balvin, N., Daniel J, C. (eds.). Children and Peace: From Research to Action
ISBN: 978-3-030-22176-8
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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