Next Article in Journal
“Whoever Harms a Dhimmī I Shall Be His Foe on the Day of Judgment”: An Investigation into an Authentic Prophetic Tradition and Its Origins from the Covenants
Previous Article in Journal
The Reincarnation of Waste: A Case Study of Spiritual Ecology Activism for Household Solid Waste Management: The Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative of Rural Bhutan
Open AccessArticle

Helping One’s Neighbor: Teaching and Learning Prosocial Behavior in a Religious Community

1
Departament of Psychology, University of Atacama, Copiapó, Copayapu 485, Chile
2
Departament of Psychology, Univerity of Bio Bio. Study Center Ñuble and Gender, Citizenship, and Equity Research Group, GECIEQ (DIUBB GI 152124/EF), Avda. Andrés Bello 720, 3800708, Chile
3
School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
4
School of Psychology and Philosophy, University of Tarapacá, Arica, 18 de Septiembre 2222, Chile
5
Departament of Psychology, University of La Serena, La Serena, Matta 147, Chile
6
Departament of Psychology, University of Atacama, Copiapó, Copayapu 485, Chile
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Religions 2019, 10(9), 515; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10090515
Received: 9 May 2019 / Revised: 6 August 2019 / Accepted: 18 August 2019 / Published: 5 September 2019
The aim of this study was to describe and interpret the subjective theories that support the development, teaching, and learning of prosocial behavior in a Pentecostal Methodist church located in the Atacama Region (Chile). The study was descriptive-interpretative, with qualitative methodology and a case study design. We worked with 140 church members, employing qualitative observation, episodic interviews, and discussion groups. The data were analyzed using 2 techniques: thematic coding and grounded theory. Results make it possible to describe (a) the context where prosociality is developed, taught, and learned, (b) the subjective meaning of helping behaviors, and (c) community members’ subjective theories about the development of teaching-learning. In the discussion, results are analyzed considering the available scientific evidence and the limitations of the present study. Also, new questions are presented which future research may explore to generate a formal theory about the development, teaching, and learning of prosocial behavior in community contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: prosocial behavior; development; teaching; and learning; Pentecostal Methodist church; subjective theories prosocial behavior; development; teaching; and learning; Pentecostal Methodist church; subjective theories
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Cuadra-Martínez, D.; Sandoval-Díaz, J.; Perez-Zapata, D.; Castro-Carrasco, P.; Véliz-Vergara, D.; Guzman-Ávalos, J.; Ramos-Thompson, G. Helping One’s Neighbor: Teaching and Learning Prosocial Behavior in a Religious Community. Religions 2019, 10, 515.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop