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Children's moral motivation, sympathy, and prosocial behavior.
Child Dev. 2009 Mar-Apr; 80(2):442-60.CD

Abstract

Two studies investigated the role of children's moral motivation and sympathy in prosocial behavior. Study 1 measured other-reported prosocial behavior and self- and other-reported sympathy. Moral motivation was assessed by emotion attributions and moral reasoning following hypothetical transgressions in a representative longitudinal sample of Swiss 6-year-old children (N = 1,273). Prosocial behavior increased with increasing sympathy, especially if children displayed low moral motivation. Moral motivation and sympathy were also independently related to prosocial behavior. Study 2 extended the findings of Study 1 with a second longitudinal sample of Swiss 6-year-old children (N = 175) using supplementary measures of prosocial behavior, sympathy, and moral motivation. The results are discussed in regard to the precursors of the moral self in childhood.

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Harvard University, USA. malti@jacobscenter.uzh.chNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19467003

Citation

Malti, Tina, et al. "Children's Moral Motivation, Sympathy, and Prosocial Behavior." Child Development, vol. 80, no. 2, 2009, pp. 442-60.
Malti T, Gummerum M, Keller M, et al. Children's moral motivation, sympathy, and prosocial behavior. Child Dev. 2009;80(2):442-60.
Malti, T., Gummerum, M., Keller, M., & Buchmann, M. (2009). Children's moral motivation, sympathy, and prosocial behavior. Child Development, 80(2), 442-60. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01271.x
Malti T, et al. Children's Moral Motivation, Sympathy, and Prosocial Behavior. Child Dev. 2009 Mar-Apr;80(2):442-60. PubMed PMID: 19467003.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Children's moral motivation, sympathy, and prosocial behavior. AU - Malti,Tina, AU - Gummerum,Michaela, AU - Keller,Monika, AU - Buchmann,Marlis, PY - 2009/5/27/entrez PY - 2009/5/27/pubmed PY - 2009/9/23/medline SP - 442 EP - 60 JF - Child development JO - Child Dev VL - 80 IS - 2 N2 - Two studies investigated the role of children's moral motivation and sympathy in prosocial behavior. Study 1 measured other-reported prosocial behavior and self- and other-reported sympathy. Moral motivation was assessed by emotion attributions and moral reasoning following hypothetical transgressions in a representative longitudinal sample of Swiss 6-year-old children (N = 1,273). Prosocial behavior increased with increasing sympathy, especially if children displayed low moral motivation. Moral motivation and sympathy were also independently related to prosocial behavior. Study 2 extended the findings of Study 1 with a second longitudinal sample of Swiss 6-year-old children (N = 175) using supplementary measures of prosocial behavior, sympathy, and moral motivation. The results are discussed in regard to the precursors of the moral self in childhood. SN - 1467-8624 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19467003/Children's_moral_motivation_sympathy_and_prosocial_behavior_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -