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Title: To Help or Not to Help? Prosocial Behavior, Its Association With Well-Being, and Predictors of Prosocial Behavior During the Coronavirus Disease Pandemic
Authors: Haller, Elisa 
Lubenko, Jelena 
Presti, Giovambattista 
Squatrito, Valeria 
Constantinou, Marios 
Nicolaou, Christiana 
Papacostas, Savvas S. 
Aydin, Gökçen 
Chong, Yuen Yu 
Chien, Wai Tong 
Cheng, Ho Yu 
Ruiz, Francisco J. 
Garcia-Martin, Maria B. 
Obando-Posada, Diana P. 
Segura-Vargas, Miguel A. 
Vasiliou, Vasilis S. 
McHugh, Louise 
Höfer, Stefan 
Baban, Adriana 
Neto, David Dias 
Nunes da Silva, Ana 
Monestès, Jean-Louis 
Alvarez-Galvez, Javier 
Paez-Blarrina, Marisa 
Montesinos, Francisco 
Valdivia-Salas, Sonsoles 
Ori, Dorottya 
Kleszcz, Bartosz 
Lappalainen, Raimo 
Ivanov, Aleksandr 
Gosar, David 
Dionne, Frederick 
Merwin, Rhonda M. 
Karekla, Maria 
Kassianos, Angelos P. 
Gloster, Andrew 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Health Sciences
Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic;well-being;social support;prosocial behavior;predictors of prosocial behavior
Issue Date: 11-Feb-2022
Source: Frontiers in Psychology, 2022, vol.12
Volume: 12
Journal: Frontiers in Psychology 
Abstract: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic fundamentally disrupted humans' social life and behavior. Public health measures may have inadvertently impacted how people care for each other. This study investigated prosocial behavior, its association well-being, and predictors of prosocial behavior during the first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and sought to understand whether region-specific differences exist. Participants (N = 9,496) from eight regions clustering multiple countries around the world responded to a cross-sectional online-survey investigating the psychological consequences of the first upsurge of lockdowns in spring 2020. Prosocial behavior was reported to occur frequently. Multiple regression analyses showed that prosocial behavior was associated with better well-being consistently across regions. With regard to predictors of prosocial behavior, high levels of perceived social support were most strongly associated with prosocial behavior, followed by high levels of perceived stress, positive affect and psychological flexibility. Sociodemographic and psychosocial predictors of prosocial behavior were similar across regions.
ISSN: 1664-1078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.775032
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Type: Article
Affiliation : University of Basel 
Riga Stradins University 
Kore University of Enna 
University of Nicosia 
Cyprus University of Technology 
Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics 
Hasan Kalyoncu University 
The Chinese University of Hong Kong 
Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz 
Universidad de La Sabana 
University of Oxford 
University College Dublin 
Innsbruck Medical University 
Babeş-Bolyai University 
Instituto Universitário de Lisboa 
Université Grenoble Alpes 
University of Cádiz 
Instituto ACT 
European University of Madrid 
University of Zaragoza 
Heim Pal National Pediatric Institute 
Semmelweis University 
Bartosz Kleszcz Psychotherapy and Training 
University of Jyväskylä 
Clinical Centre of Montenegro 
University Medical Center Ljubljana 
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 
Duke University 
University of Cyprus 
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