Individual differences in helping behavior
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This study examined the relations among the personality dimension of agreeableness, empathy and pro-social behavior. College students (N=210) were randomly assigned to either a high or low empathy condition in which they listened to the story of a fellow student in need. After listening to the situation described in a supposed radio broadcast, participants were given an opportunity to help. Outcomes suggest individual differences in empathy and emotionality. Results were discussed in terms of agreeableness as a predictor of emotion variables.
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Tackett, Jennifer Lee (2000). Individual differences in helping behavior. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from