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Volume 20, Issue 3 (1991)

Developing a Prosocial Orientation in Children: A Proactive Prescription for Perestroika

pp. 401—407

Abstract: In addressing the psychological rights of children, it is recommended that thoughtful consideration be given to the newly emerging world order, with its different political and ideological boundaries, and its different problems and concerns. In this context, there is need for greater emphasis by school psychologist son developing a prosocial orientation in children. It would appear that survival on Spaceship Earth in the 21st century may depend on development of such an orientation in children throughout the world. A prosocial orientation includes not only prosocial behavior but also involves related cognitive and affective considerations. School psychologists need to re-examine the current knowledge base in psychology from the perspective of how best to develop a prosocial orientation. Also relevant to achievement of this goal are recent studies on variables, such as empathy, altruism, and moral development. This new emphasis in school psychology on development of a prosocial orientation in children should become an important component of the children’s rights movement.

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