The relationship of the family social environment, peer influences, and peer relationships to altruistic orientation in chinese children

Hing Keung MA*

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Abstract

This study investigated the correlation between the family social environment, peer influences, and peer relationships to altruistic orientation in Chinese children. Results in the present study showed that (a) altruistic orientation measured by the Child Altruism Inventory (H. K. Ma & M. C. Leung, 1991) was directly associated with a positive family social environment, (b) altruistic orientation was directly associated with positive peer influences and was inversely associated with negative peer influences, and (c) altruistic orientation was directly associated with perceived prosocial behavior of one's best friend and inversely associated with perceived antisocial behavior of one's best friend. The findings suggested that a good family social environment, positive peer influences, and good peer relationships tended to increase altruistic orientation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-274
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Genetic Psychology
Volume164
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • Altruistic orientation
  • Family
  • Peers

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