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Characteristics of exemplary altruists

Title
Characteristics of exemplary altruists
Authors
Lee D.Y.Kang C.H.Lee J.Y.Park S.H.
Ewha Authors
강철희이동렬
Issue Date
2005
Journal Title
Journal of Humanistic Psychology
ISSN
0022-1678JCR Link
Citation
vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 146 - 155
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS scopus
Abstract
© 2005 Sage Publications Sixty exemplary altruists (EA) who have been honored individually in an hour-long national television program for their exemplary altruistic behaviors were individually interviewed for 90 to 120 minutes by trained MA-level interviewers. Their interviews were transcribed verbatim and were content analyzed. With regard to personality characteristics, the EAs showed a high sense of integrity and autonomy. With regard to developmental characteristics, the EAs reported a strong parental attachment, and their parents served as lifelong models for them. It was also observed that many experienced psychological or financial difficulties in their early years. A high sense of moral responsibility and a sense of internalized social responsibility to help those who are experiencing difficulties were primary reinforcers and maintainers of these individuals' altruistic behavior.
DOI
10.1177/0022167805274954
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