Translated Titles

Peer Influence on Prosocial Behavior of High School Students: Examining Moderating Roles of Empathy and Friendship Features




簡嘉盈(Chia-Ying Chien);程景琳(Ching-Ling Cheng)

Key Words

同儕影響力 ; 利社會行為 ; 同理心 ; 友誼特性 ; Peer Influence ; Prosocial Behavior ; Empathy ; Friendship Features



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

11卷1期(2012 / 06 / 01)

Page #

105 - 123

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between close friends' prosocial behavior and adolescents' prosocial behavior. Three types of behavior (i.e., caring, helping, cooperative) representing prosocial behavior were included in this study. The moderating roles of adolescents' empathy and friendship features in the relationship between close friends' prosocial behavior and adolescents' prosocial behavior were examined. Participants of this study were 502 adolescents (259 boys and 243 girls, mean age was 15.9 years old) in senior high school of four areas in northern Taiwan. Adolescents' prosocial behavior was assessed by peer nominations. The prosocial scores of three nominated close friends were averaged to represent the peer influence of prosocial behavior. The main findings were as follows:1. Close friends' prosocial behavior significantly predicted adolescents' prosocial behavior.2. Adolescents' empathy played a significant moderating role in the relationship between close friends' prosocial behavior and adolescents' prosocial behavior.3. The variable of friendship features did not have a moderating effect in the relationship between close friends' prosocial behavior and adolescents' prosocial behavior.

Topic Category 社會科學 > 教育學
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