Altruism: choices of healthy and chronically ill children
A total of 74 children recruited from a public elementary school and a university hospital participated in this study. A drawing measure and a demographic questionnaire gathered information on the children's altruistic choices, previous hospitalizations, and chronic illnesses.
The results demonstrated that the children in this study made more altruistic choices than nonaltruistic choices. Altruistic choices were found to be significantly higher for girls and for older children. A significant difference was found between the altruistic choices of healthy and chronically-ill children. Finally, significant differences in altruistic choices were not found among chronically-ill children in this'study, whether in school or in the hospital. Recommendations for future research include determining other positive effects of living with a chronic illness, identifying additional methods of assessing altruism'in children, and determining changes over time in healthy and chronically-ill children's altruistic behavior.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL'35487-0158, USA 2: Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Alabama, P.O.'Box 870158, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0158, USA 3: Department of Health Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscallosa, AL 35487-0311, USA
Publication date: 2002-01-01