Lay theories of personality and helping among Chinese undergraduates

Zhen Zhang1, Jianxin Zhang1
1Chinese Academy of Science, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Zhang, Z., & Zhang, J. (2008). Lay theories of personality and helping among Chinese undergraduates. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 36, 1189-1190.

Volume 36 Issue 9 | e1791 | Published: October 2008 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.9.1189

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In all agencies, lay beliefs of a person are closely related to frequency, tendency and quality of prosocial behaviors. Potential helpers who hold an incremental theory of personality (belief that a person’s attributes are malleable), will be more willing to help socially stigmatized groups than those who hold an entity theory of personality (belief that a person’s attributes are fixed (Karafantis & Levy, 2004; West, 2003). Based on this recent evidence, we examined the relationship between lay theories of personality and helping in a Chinese population.
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