Essentialist beliefs affect children’s outgroup empathy, attitudes and prosocial behaviours in a setting of intergroup conflict

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dc.contributor.authorO’Driscoll, Dean-
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Laura K.-
dc.contributor.authorDautel, Jocelyn-
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-13T13:13:28Z-
dc.date.available2021-01-13T13:13:28Z-
dc.date.copyright2020 International Union of Psychological Scienceen_US
dc.date.issued2020-05-10-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Psychologyen_US
dc.identifier.issn0020-7594-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/11834-
dc.description.abstractEmpathy for salient outgroups can promote positive intergroup attitudes and prosocial behaviours. Less is known about which factors may promote empathy, particularly among children, in contexts of intergroup conflict. Empathy may depend on underlying cognitions, such as social essentialist beliefs, that is, believing that certain social categories have an underlying essence that causes members to share observable and non-observable properties. This study explored the influence of essentialist beliefs about ethno-religious categories on outgroup-directed empathy, attitudes, and prosocial behaviours of children living in Northern Ireland (N=88; M=7.09, SD=1.47 years old). Bootstrapped chain mediation found that lower essentialist beliefs predicted greater outgroup-directed empathy, which was positively related to outgroup attitudes, which in turn, predicted more outgroup prosocial behaviours. The findings highlight the importance of essentialist beliefs as an underlying factor promoting empathy, with links to prosocial behaviours in settings of intergroup conflict. The intervention implications are discussed.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.subjectChildrenen_US
dc.subjectEssentialist beliefsen_US
dc.subjectEmpathyen_US
dc.subjectIntergroup conflicten_US
dc.subjectOutgroup prosocialen_US
dc.titleEssentialist beliefs affect children’s outgroup empathy, attitudes and prosocial behaviours in a setting of intergroup conflicten_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.internal.authorcontactotherlaura.taylor@ucd.ieen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.check.date2020-10-20-
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/ijop.12679-
dc.neeo.contributorO’Driscoll|Dean|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorTaylor|Laura K.|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorDautel|Jocelyn|aut|-
dc.date.embargo2020-05-10en_US
dc.description.othersponsorshipQueen’s University Belfast School of Psychologyen_US
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dc.date.updated2020-04-13T20:13:44Z-
dc.rights.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/en_US
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