Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/71481
Title: Predictors of prosocial behavior among Chinese high school students in Hong Kong
Authors: Siu, AMH 
Shek, DTL 
Lai, FHY 
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Source: The scientific world journal, 2012, v. 2012 , 489156, p. 1-7 How to cite?
Journal: The scientific world journal 
Abstract: This study examined the correlates and predictors of prosocial behavior among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong. A sample of 518 high school students responded to a questionnaire containing measures of antisocial and prosocial behavior, prosocial norms, pragmatic values, moral reasoning, and empathy. Preliminary analyses showed that there were gender differences in some of the measures. While correlation analyses showed that parental education, prosocial norms, pragmatic values, moral reasoning, and empathy were related to prosocial behavior, regression analyses showed that prosocial norms, pragmatic values, and empathy dimensions (personal distress and empathy) were key predictors of it. The findings are largely consistent with theoretical predictions and previous research findings, other than the negative relationship between personal distress and prosocial behavior. The study also underscores the importance of values and norms in predicting prosocial behavior, which has been largely neglected in previous studies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/71481
ISSN: 2356-6140
EISSN: 1537-744X
DOI: 10.1100/2012/489156
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