Psychological processes and family variables as prosocial behavior predictors in a sample of Spanish adolescents.

Psychological reports

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Mestre V, Samper P, Nácher MJ, Tur A, Cortés MT. Psychological processes and family variables as prosocial behavior predictors in a sample of Spanish adolescents. Psychol Rep. 2006;98(1):30-6.
A review of personal and family variables that regulate prosocial behavior is based on a sample of 1,433 Spanish adolescents (ages 9 to 13; 743 boys and 690 girls) who were assessed on the Prosocial Reasoning Objective Measure, the Physical and Verbal Aggression Scale, the Emotional Instability Scale, the State-Trait Anger Inventory, the Child's Report of Parental Behavior Inventory, the Prosocial Behavior Scale, and the Index of Empathy for Children and Adolescents. Discriminant analyses showed that empathy, self-control in anger-provoking situations, and affection in family relationships are the best predictors of prosocial behavior.