Student pro-sociality: measuring institutional and individual factors that predict pro-social behaviour at university

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Stiff, Chris, Rosenthal-Stott, Harriet E. S., Wake, Stephanie and Woodward, Amelia 2019. Student pro-sociality: measuring institutional and individual factors that predict pro-social behaviour at university. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-019-00256-3
AuthorsStiff, Chris, Rosenthal-Stott, Harriet E. S., Wake, Stephanie and Woodward, Amelia
Abstract

Students operate within a bounded social context and often face decisions regarding whether to pursue selfish or group-level benefit. Yet little work has examined what predicts their behaviour towards fellow students. This work addresses this gap by investigating what factors may predict students’ performance of pro-social actions at university, and how an institution may maximise such behaviour. Study 1 created the student pro-sociality scale, used to measure these tendencies in students. In study 2, 428 students from 25 UK universities took part in an online survey study using this scale ,and several other pre-existing measures of possible predictors. Analysis suggested that of those factors examined, role clarity, affective commitment, empathy, and perspective-taking emerged as the most influential. This first foray into this area can now inspire further research in finding the effective ways of fostering pro-social behaviour in students.

Keywordspro-social; student; scale development; university
Year2019
JournalCurrent Psychology
PublisherSpringer
ISSN10461310
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-019-00256-3
https://doi.org/19364733
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624241
hdl:10545/624241
Publication dates18 Apr 2019
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Deposited24 Oct 2019, 14:26
Accepted01 Apr 2019
ContributorsKeele University, Durham University and York University, Toronto
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