The contribution of agreeableness and self-efficacy beliefs to prosociality
Article first published online: 22 SEP 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 36–55, February 2010
How to Cite
Caprara, G. V., Alessandri, G., Di Giunta, L., Panerai, L. and Eisenberg, N. (2010), The contribution of agreeableness and self-efficacy beliefs to prosociality. Eur. J. Pers., 24: 36–55. doi: 10.1002/per.739
- Issue published online: 22 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 22 SEP 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 JUL 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 2 JUL 2009
- Manuscript Received: 3 APR 2009
- empathic self-efficacy beliefs
The present study examined how agreeableness and self-efficacy beliefs about responding empathically to others' needs predict individuals' prosociality across time. Participants were 377 adolescents (66% males) aged 16 at Time 1 and 18 at Time 2 who took part at this study. Measures of agreeableness, empathic self-efficacy and prosociality were collected at two time points. The findings corroborated the posited paths of relations to assigning agreeableness a major role in predicting the level of individuals' prosociality. Empathic self-efficacy beliefs partially mediated the relation of agreeableness to prosociality. The posited conceptual model accounted for a significant portion of variance in prosociality and provides guidance with respect to interventions aimed at promoting prosociality. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.