Civic engagement and giving behaviors: the role of empathy and beliefs about poverty

Luengo Kanacri, Bernadette Paula, González, Roberto, Valdenegro, Daniel, Jiménez-Moya, Gloria, Saavedra, Patricio, Mora, Eduardo Andrés, Miranda, Daniel, Didier, Lucas Silva and Pastorelli, Concetta (2016) Civic engagement and giving behaviors: the role of empathy and beliefs about poverty. The Journal of Social Psychology, 156 (3). pp. 256-271. ISSN 0022-4545

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The current study explores different routes to civic involvement by identifying how a context-specific dimension of empathy and beliefs of autonomy and dependency might jointly predict different types of giving behaviors (i.e., monetary donations), which in turn should predict civic engagement. The sample consisted of 1,294 participants (656 females) between the ages of 18 to 64 (Mage = 38.44, SD = 14.71), randomly selected from seven different cities in Chile. Even after controlling for gender, age, and the socioeconomic status of participants, results mainly support the role of giving behaviors as drivers of actual engagement in civic life. Monetary donations, in turn, are predicted by higher levels of empathy toward poverty and autonomy-oriented beliefs. Implications of these findings are discussed in terms of agentic perspectives on civic participation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Patricio Javier Saavedra Morales
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 08:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 21:06

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