The Cambridge handbook of prosociality: development, mechanisms, promotion

Malti [Unknown], Maayan Davidov (Editor), Tina Malti (Editor)

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Prosociality is a multifaceted concept referring to the many ways in which individuals care about and benefit others. Human prosociality is foundational to social harmony, happiness, and peace; it is therefore essential to understand its underpinnings, development, and cultivation. This handbook provides a state-of-the-art, in-depth account of scientific, theoretical, and practical knowledge regarding prosociality and its development. Its thirty chapters, written by international researchers in the field, elucidate key issues, including: the development of prosociality across infancy, childhood, adolescence, and beyond; the biological, cognitive, emotional, and motivational mechanisms that underlie and influence prosociality; how different socialization agents and social contexts can affect children's prosociality; and intervention approaches aimed at cultivating prosociality in children and adolescents. This knowledge can benefit researchers, students, practitioners, and policy makers seeking to nurture socially responsible, caring youth.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, United Kingdom; New York, NY
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages663
ISBN (Electronic)1108876684, 1108890814, 1108892450
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameCambridge handbooks in psychology
PublisherCambridge University Press

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