The antecedents of help giving in Chinese culture: Attribution, judgment of responsibility, expectation change and the reaction of affect

Aiqing Zhang1, Feifei Xia2, Chengwei Li3
1Chinese Academy of Sciences, People’s Republic of China
2Shanghai Jianfeng Vocational College, People’s Republic of China
3Bei Hang University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Zhang, A., Xia, F., & Li, C. (2007). The antecedents of help giving in Chinese culture: Attribution, judgment of responsibility, expectation change and the reaction of affect. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 35, 135-142.

Volume 35 Issue 1 | e1553 | Published: February 2007 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2007.35.1.135

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The quantitative relationships among attributional locus, stability, controllability, judgment of responsibility, affect response and help giving were detected. Participants were 219 employees and managers, and the structural equation model that reflected the relationships among these variables was tested. The findings suggested that causal locus and controllability linked with help giving are mediated by judgment of responsibility and subsequent affect response and expectation change. Stability attribution indirectly correlated with help giving by linking with expectation. Attributional dimensions, judgment of responsibility, expectation change and the reactions of affect were the antecedent variables of help giving. Findings are discussed in terms of related Chinese cultural and social values.

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