Participatory arts interventions promote interpersonal and intergroup prosocial intentions in middle childhood

Spinner, Lauren, Van de Vyver, Julie, Abrams, Dominic, Pelletier, Joseph, Ali, Shazza Y and Kapantai, Ioanna (2019) Participatory arts interventions promote interpersonal and intergroup prosocial intentions in middle childhood. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 65 . ISSN 0193-3973 Full text available

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Abstract

We report the results of two experiments which test the potential of arts engagement for promoting prosocial intentions. Experiment 1 (N = 216) tested the impact of a participatory arts intervention (vs. a control condition) on children's empathy and interpersonal prosocial intentions. Experiment 2 (N = 174) tested the impact of a participatory arts intervention (vs. a control condition) on children's prosocial intentions toward outgroup members under competitive and non-competitive conditions. Experiment 1 showed that the participatory arts intervention significantly increased children's interpersonal prosocial intentions, but not their empathy. Experiment 2 showed that, under competitive conditions, the participatory arts intervention significantly increased prosocial intentions toward outgroup members, an effect that persisted for six months beyond the intervention. Under non-competitive conditions, the participatory arts intervention consolidated improvements in prosocial intentions toward outgroup members. Overall, the results confirm the hypothesis that participatory arts engagement can promote prosocial intentions during middle childhood.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article 101069
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research & Development Unit
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Development
Cognitive Processes, Theory of Mind > Arts - Applied Psychology
Department/People: Research
Special Units
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2666

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