Situational Motivation, Social Relationship and Altruistic Behaviour in Young Adults

Author: Fatima Safder
Supervisor: Rukhsana Kausar, PhD
Degree: BS
Year: 2011-2015
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The present research investigated the relationship between situational motivation, social relationships and altruistic behavior in young adults. It was hypothesized that: would be a relationship between situational motivation and altruistic behavior; there would be a relationship between positive social relationships and altruistic behavior in young adults; there would be more altruistic behavior in males as compared to female young adults. Correlation research design was used with a sample of 100 students recruited from various public and private sector institutes through probability random sampling technique. Situational Motivation Scale (Guay et al., 2000), The Positive-Negative relationship Quality (Fincham & Rogge, 2010) and Self-Report Altruism Scale (Rushton, Chrisjohn & Fekken, 1981) were used for assessment. Correlation, independent samples t-test and stepwise regression were applied to generate the results. Significant positive relationship between identified regulation and altruistic behavior was found. Results also showed significant positive relationship between positive social relations and altruistic behavior in young adults. Significant gender differences were found in altruistic behavior in young adults, men being more altruistic a woman. Gender and positive social relations emerged significant predictors of altruistic behavior in young adults. The study has implications for individuals in developing positive social relations, situational motivation and providing altruistic behavior.

Keywords: Situational motivation, Social Relationship, Altruistic Behavior, Young adults.
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