Prosocial Development: A Multidimensional Approach

ISBN : 9780199964772

Laura M. Padilla-Walker; Gustavo Carlo
496 ページ
162 x 240 mm

Prosocial behavior-broadly defined as voluntary action intended to help or benefit another-has been associated with positive outcomes across the lifespan. Children with a more prosocial orientation are better liked and trusted by their peers, have a higher status in peer groups, are better at maintaining friendships, demonstrate better self regulation, empathy, and social cognitive skills, and excel in academics. Researchers have shown that prosocial behaviors correlate to lower rates of school suspension and drop-out, teen pregnancy, substance use, aggression, and delinquency. These positive effects speak to the value of prosocial behavior during formative years. Prosocial Development examines a variety of biological, socialization, and contextual influences on prosocial development from infancy through early adulthood. While the definition of prosocial behavior may seem straightforward, recent research has highlighted its multifaceted nature. This volume specifically focuses on the multidimensionality of prosocial development, examining different contexts, motivations, types, and targets of prosocial behavior that are differentially predicted by socialization and dispositional characteristics. Skillfully edited by Drs. Padilla-Walker and Carlo, each chapter in this volume highlights some aspect of multidimensionality in regard to prosocial behavior and meaningful avenues for future research. This volume will be an important tool for scholars, researchers, and practitioners who are interested in prosocial, moral, and positive youth development. The organization and focus of this volume are also well-suited for use as a text for graduate courses in moral development, child and adolescent development, social psychology, sociology, anthropology, and family studies.


About the Editors
Section 1: Overview of Prosocial Behavior
Chapter 1: The Study of Prosocial Behavior: Past, Present, and Future
Laura M. Padilla-Walker and Gustavo Carlo
Chapter 2: Multidimensionality of Prosocial Behavior: Re-thinking the Conceptualization and Development of Prosocial Behavior
Nancy Eisenberg and Tracy L. Spinrad
Section 2: Biological Perspectives
Chapter 3: Evolution, Prosocial Behavior, and Altruism: A Roadmap for Understanding Where the Proximate Meets the Ultimate
Patricia H. Hawley
Chapter 4: Parental and Genetic Contributions to Prosocial Behavior during Childhood
Keren Fortuna and Ariel Knafo
Chapter 5: The Prosocial Brain: Perceiving Others in Need, and Acting on It
Alek Chakroff and Liane Young
Chapter 6: Autonomic regulation, Polyvagal Theory, and Children's Prosocial Development
Paul D. Hastings and Jonas G. Miller
Section 3: Socialization Perspectives
Chapter 7: Parental Socialization of Prosocial Behavior: A Multidimensional Approach
Laura M. Padilla-Walker
Chapter 8: Sweetness on the Screen: A Multidimensional View of Prosocial Behavior in
Sarah M. Coyne and Nathan J. Smith
Chapter 9: Prosocial Behavior and Peer Relations in Adolescence
Kathryn R. Wentzel
Chapter 10: Linking Grandparent Involvement with the Development of Prosocial Behavior in Adolescents
Jeremy B. Yorgason and Kathryn B. Gustafson
Section 4: Cultural and Contextual Perspectives
Chapter 11: The Cultural Contexts of Children's Prosocial Behaviors
Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, Anh Do, and Car Mun Kok
Chapter 12: Predicting Prosocial Tendencies Among Mexican American Youth: The Intersection of Cultural Values, Social Cognitions, and Social Emotions
Gustavo Carlo, George P. Knight, Camille D. Basilio, and Alexandra Davis
Chapter 13: Cross-Cultural Evidence of Multidimensional Prosocial Behaviors: An Examination of the Prosocial Tendencies Measure (PTM)
Meredith McGinley, Deanna Opal, Maria Cristina Richaud, and Belen Mesurado
Chapter 14: Educating Students to be Prosocial at School
Christi Bergin
Section 5: Specific Targets and Types of Prosocial Behavior
Chapter 15: Parents as Recipients of Adolescent Prosocial Behavior
Mary B. Eberly Lewis
Chapter 16: Prosocial Behaviors Toward Siblings and Grandparents
Asiye Kumru and Bilge Yagmurlu
Chapter 17: Prosocial Behaviors in Early Childhood: Helping Others, Responding to the Distress of Others, and Working with Others
Deborah Laible and Erin Karahuta
Chapter 18: Adopting a Multidimensional Perspective on College Students' Prosocial Behaviors
Brandy A. Randall and Jennifer R. Wenner
Chapter 19: The Social Construction of Volunteering
Daniel Hart and Michael Sulik
Chapter 20: Early Generativity and Types of Civic Engagement in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
Michael W. Pratt and Heather L. Lawford
Chapter 21: Prosocial Exemplarity in Adolescence and Adulthood
Lawrence J. Walker


Laura Padilla-Walker is an Associate Professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. Her research focuses on the parent-child relationship as it relates to prosocial and moral development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Dr. Padilla-Walker has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Gustavo Carlo is the Millsap Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri. His primary interests are the parenting, personality, and sociocultural correlates of prosocial and moral behaviors. Dr. Carlo has published well over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has co-edited several volumes.