Title page for ETD etd-04252011-083956

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gose, Shawna H.
Author's Email Address shawnagose@gmail.com
URN etd-04252011-083956
Title Loving Me or Loving You: Influencing the Attitudes and Behaviors of Children through a Prosocial Intervention
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Baumgartner, Jennifer Committee Chair
DiCarlo, Cynthia Committee Member
Marks, Loren Committee Member
  • intervention
  • manners
  • conduct problems
  • empathy
  • narcissism
  • antisocial behavior
  • self-love
  • prosocial behavior
Date of Defense 2011-04-01
Availability unrestricted
Research indicates that narcissism may increase antisocial tendencies in children as young as preschool. In this quasi-experimental study, manners lessons on selfless, prosocial behavior were used as an intervention to decrease narcissism and antisocial behavior within second and third grade classrooms. Manners lessons provided children with opportunities to demonstrate prosocial attitudes toward others and thus were expected to decrease narcissism, increase empathy, decrease conduct problems and peer problems, and increase prosocial behavior. The present intervention positively influenced the external behavior of children as indicated by a decrease in conduct problems and peer problems and an increase in prosocial behavior for intervention group participants. The allotted treatment time did not produce a significant change in attitudes of narcissism or empathy, however. Additional, longitudinal studies are needed to further examine the influence of intervention on internal attitudes of narcissism and empathy.
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