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The Mediating Effect of Affective States on Compassion and Pro-Environmental Behaviours in Everyday Life

Makonnen, Meron (2021) The Mediating Effect of Affective States on Compassion and Pro-Environmental Behaviours in Everyday Life.

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Abstract:Background: Compassion has been found to elicit prosocial behaviours. Recent research has been studying compassion for the suffering of others in relation to pro-environmental behaviours (PEB). Although this relationship has been established it remains unclear how compassion exactly elicits pro-environmental behaviours. According to the emotion literature, compassion can be understood as eliciting positive and negative affective states in a person whereby the precise emotional response remains arbitrary. The present study aims to examine the mediating effect of negative and positive affective states on the relationship between compassion and PEB in daily life. Method: Experience sampling method (ESM) is a self-report data collection approach whereby questions are answered multiple times per day in the context of one’s daily life. It was used for nine consecutive days among 41 participants. Results: A series of Linear Mixed Model analyses were conducted. Positive affect CI [-.03, .02]) and negative affect CI [-.03, .10] did not mediate the association between compassion and PEB. However, distress predicts PEB, t(578.37) = -2.01, p = .04, CI [-.04, -.0005]. Conclusion: The study facilitated a better comprehension of individual-level factors determining PEB by considering the influence of emotions on the relationship between daily state compassion and daily state PEB.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86655
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