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Giving to friends, classmates, and strangers in adolescence

A study on the development of prosocial behaviour.

Suzanne van de Groep, Kiki Zanolie, & Eveline Crone
27 March 2019
Journal of Research on Adolescence, in press

Giving is a form of prosocial behavior that is very important for forming and maintaining kind, reciprocal relationships. In their empirical article in Journal of Research on Adolescence, van de Groep, Zanolie and Crone showed that irrespective of age, adolescents aged 12-17 years gave more to a friend than to a classmate, and more to a classmate than to a stranger. Females gave more than males. Furthermore, individual differences in perspective taking and social reward sensitivity moderated giving, especially to strangers.

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