The Longitudinal Associations Among Temperament, Parenting, and Turkish Children's Prosocial Behaviors

Laible D. J., Kumru A., Carlo G., Streit C., Selcuk B., Sayıl F. M.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT, vol.88, no.4, pp.1057-1062, 2017 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 88 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/cdev.12877
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1057-1062
  • TED University Affiliated: Yes


In Turkey, responsive behaviors toward kin are expected from children. Despite this, we know little about the factors that influence young Turkish children's prosocial behaviors. The goal was to explore how temperament and parenting are related to children's prosocial development in Turkey. A total of 293 Turkish children (M-age=49months; 48.12% females) were followed up for 3years. Mothers completed measures of their child's prosocial behaviors, as well as measures of their warmth, inductive reasoning, and the child's approach and reactivity. Maternal warmth predicted children's reactivity, and maternal induction predicted children's sociability. Children's reactivity was inversely related to children's helping behavior and sociability was related to more prosocial behavior. Maternal warmth had indirect links with helping through lessening children's reactivity.