Pro Social Behavior In Adolescent

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This study depicts pro-social behavior of the adolescents in psychological aspect. In 1990’s the adolescent’s positive development has gained greater attention in developmental literature. The concept of pro social involvement can help positive development among adolescents. The bystander effect plays as a moderating agent in displaying pro-social behavior. The bystander effect refers to the tendency for people to become less likely to assist a person in distress when there are a number of other people also present. Children 's empathy and pro social behavior play an important role in their social competence. Genetic factors and nature/nurture also influences on individual differences in pro social behavior. The studies reflect and supports…show more content…
Pro-social behavior can be defined as unpaid behavior that is aimed at fulfilling another person’s need for support (Bar-Tal, 1984; Eisenberg and Fabes, 1998). It includes spontaneous acts of comforting (physically or verbally expressing sympathy or reassurance), sharing (giving materials or work space that one is using or giving a “turn” to another person), and helping (physically assisting or offering physical assistance).In Social Psychology, C. Daniel Batson explains that pro social behaviors refer to "a broad range of actions intended to benefit one or more people other than oneself - behaviors such as helping, comforting, sharing and cooperation." The study of pro social behavior began with a murder. The tragic murder of a young woman named Kitty Genovese was what spurred much of the interest and research on the bystander effect. In 1964, Genovese…show more content…
His findings indicate that children are naturally helpful and cooperative, and as they grow, their outlook and behavior is modeled by their surroundings. Children base their behavior on the social values of their society; for example, neither a child nor an adult is likely to simply walk away from an interaction in the middle with no warning. Apes, on the other hand, demonstrate the ability to share and cooperate, but often choose not to. They do not seem to have the same sense of community or social responsibility that Tomasello believes is innate in humans. That natural sense of community is one reason Tomasello believes that we see pro social behavior so early in human
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