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Open Access LAY THEORIES OF PERSONALITY AND HELPING AMONG CHINESE UNDERGRADUATES

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Abstract:

In all agencies, lay beliefs of a person are closely related to frequency, tendency and quality of prosocial behaviors. Potential helpers who hold an incremental theory of personality (belief that a person's attributes are malleable), will be more willing to help socially stigmatized groups than those who hold an entity theory of personality (belief that a person's attributes are fixed (Karafantis & Levy, 2004; West, 2003). Based on this recent evidence, we examined the relationship between lay theories of personality and helping in a Chinese population.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.9.1189

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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