Integrative emotion regulation predicts adolescents' prosocial behavior through the mediation of empathy
Moti Benita, Department of Counseling and Human Development, Israel ; Tal Levkovitz, Guy Roth, Department of Education, Israel
Learning and Instruction Volume 50, Number 1, ISSN 0959-4752 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
The ability to regulate emotion plays a key role in the development of prosocial behavior. This study uses the self-determination theory conceptualization of emotion regulation to explore whether children's emotion regulation styles differentially predict their prosocial behavior in class. For the study, 240 sixth and seventh grade Israeli students and their teachers responded to self-report measures. The results of structural equation modeling showed integrative emotion regulation predicts student prosocial behavior, both directly and through the mediation of empathy towards classmates. These findings suggest integrative emotion regulation can play an important role in promoting children's psychosocial adjustment in class.
Benita, M., Levkovitz, T. & Roth, G. (2017). Integrative emotion regulation predicts adolescents' prosocial behavior through the mediation of empathy. Learning and Instruction, 50(1), 14-20. Elsevier Ltd.