Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Editorial review
Title: Generosity, peer-support, and positive development in youth
Authors: Steinebach, Christoph
Schär Gmelch, Marcel
Knafla, Imke
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-25513-8_4
Published in: Enhancing resilience in youth : mindfulness-based interventions in positive environments
Editors of the parent work: Steinebach, Christoph
Langer, Álvaro I.
Page(s): 57
Pages to: 78
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cham
ISBN: 978-3-030-25512-1
Language: English
Subjects: Generosity; Peer-support; Positive development; Developmental tasks; Structures of peer relations; Structures of peer relations; Definition of generosity; Citizenship
Subject (DDC): 303: Social processes
Abstract: In adolescence, many physical, emotional, and cognitive changes bring along their own problems and risks. But they also offer the chance to develop new skills, including those connected with mindfulness, compassion, or generosity. Social relationships can support positive developments. Even in adolescence, family remains important, contributing to the satisfaction of basic needs. Peers can also support positive development and become particularly important in adolescence. With them, young people’s radius widens into a more comprehensive and differentiated social and physical environment. The newly acquired competences also promote the acceptance of responsibility. The social and physical environments become relevant learning fields for the integration of identity, values, and norms. Generosity as part of one’s own identity becomes a touchstone for positive development. In this paper, we discuss several forms and conditions of prosocial behavior as well as of generosity. We assign different internal conditions to “prosocial personality”, ranging from genetic or biological factors to self-efficacy. External factors for prosocial behavior and generosity are described. In everyday life, young people must feel needed and require places to show their new autonomous generosity skills. Being generous not only helps others: it also satisfies one’s own basic needs and thus contributes to positive development and well-being.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Psychology
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP)
Psychological Institute (PI)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Angewandte Psychologie

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