Predictors of prosocial behavior among Chinese high school students in Hong Kong

Man Hong Andrew Siu, Tan Lei Shek, F.H.Y. Lai

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This study examined the correlates and predictors of prosocial behavior among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong. A sample of 518 high school students responded to a questionnaire containing measures of antisocial and prosocial behavior, prosocial norms, pragmatic values, moral reasoning, and empathy. Preliminary analyses showed that there were gender differences in some of the measures. While correlation analyses showed that parental education, prosocial norms, pragmatic values, moral reasoning, and empathy were related to prosocial behavior, regression analyses showed that prosocial norms, pragmatic values, and empathy dimensions (personal distress and empathy) were key predictors of it. The findings are largely consistent with theoretical predictions and previous research findings, other than the negative relationship between personal distress and prosocial behavior. The study also underscores the importance of values and norms in predicting prosocial behavior, which has been largely neglected in previous studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalInternational journal of child health and human development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Prosocial behavior
  • Adolescence
  • Chinese adolescents

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