How prosocial behavior turns bad into good: An examination among Turkish-Bulgarian adolescents


Aydinli-Karakulak A., TEPE B., Nurcan E., Dimitrova R.

CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY, vol.40, no.8, pp.3986-3996, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12144-019-00352-4
  • Title of Journal : CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.3986-3996
  • Keywords: Discrimination, Prosocial behavior, Life satisfaction, Negative affect, Loneliness, Self-esteem, AFRICAN-AMERICAN ADOLESCENTS, PERCEIVED DISCRIMINATION, POSTTRAUMATIC GROWTH, GROUP IDENTIFICATION, ALTRUISM BORN, SELF-ESTEEM, PERSPECTIVE-TAKING, SOCIAL IDENTITY, RACIAL IDENTITY, EMPATHY

Abstract

Building on the Altruism Born of Suffering (ABS) Hypothesis, the present research tests the mediator role of prosocial behavior on the link between perceived personal discrimination and several psychological well-being outcomes in a sample of Turkish-Bulgarian minority youth. We argue that perceived personal discrimination is linked to prosocial behavior, which in turn alleviates discriminations' detrimental effects on life satisfaction, self-esteem, negative affect and loneliness. Results revealed that prosocial behavior partially mediated the link between perceived personal discrimination and life satisfaction, perceived personal discrimination and self-esteem, and perceived personal discrimination and loneliness, while no mediating effect was found for negative affect. Our research contributes to the existing literature on minority youth dealing with discrimination, and proposes prosocial behavior to be a mechanism of resilient functioning against the maladaptive effects of perceived personal discrimination.