Prosocial Behavior, Effects of Parenting and Family Structure on

Liat Hasenfratz*, Ariel Knafo

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It is widely acknowledged that parents from different cultural communities use different techniques to socialize prosocial behaviors and these differences are associated with differences in quantity and quality of prosocial behaviors. There is, however, a wide disagreement regarding the exact role that culture has in explaining observable phenomenological differences and thus relatively little systematic research on parenting and the development of prosocial behavior in a cross-cultural context. The authors, thus, use individual existing studies to create an overview of the cultural variety in parenting and prosocial behavior and to outline how culture, parenting and prosocial behavior interact in concert to create diversity in forms of human cooperation and compassion.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2015

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  • Altruism
  • Child development
  • Cross-Cultural context
  • Empathy
  • Parent-Child interaction
  • Parental values for children
  • Parenting
  • Parenting styles
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Role modeling
  • Socialization


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