Originally published in 1986, this book was an effort to integrate thinking and research concerning the role of emotion and cognition in altruistic behaviour. Prior to publication there was a vast body of research and theorizing concerning the development and maintenance of prosocial (including altruistic) behaviour. This book focusses primarily on a specific set of intrapsychic factors involved in prosocial responding, especially emotions and cognitions believed to play a major role in altruistic behaviour. In the final chapters these intrapsychic factors are also discussed in relation to a variety of other relevant factors including socialization and situational influences on altruism.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Philosophical and Theoretical Roots 3. Prosocial Emotion: Methods and Current Research 4. Attributions About Others and their Prosocial Actions 5. The Development of Self-Perceptions 6. Role Taking, Attributions About the Origins of Another’s Dependency, and Problem-Solving 7. Altruistic Values and Moral Judgment 8. Prosocial Moral Judgment: Cross-Cultural Research 9. A Model of Prosocial Moral Reasoning 10. The Role of Altruistic Affect and Cognitions in Behavior. References. Author Index. Subject Index.