Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Professor Ryan Jacobson has recently had the following accepted for publication in Journal of Research on Adolescence:
Familism values, perspective taking, and prosocial moral reasoning: Predicting prosocial tendencies among Mexican American adolescents. (Knight, G. P., Carlo, G., Basilio, C. D., & Jacobson, R. P.)
The article uses a developmental perspective to investigate why Mexican Americans (adolescents and adults) tend to be more prosocial in number of ways than other ethnic groups. The authors found that familism values/practices (e.g., shared early childcaring) tend to encourage the development of perspective taking abilities--which in turn promote prosocial behavior.