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The unlikely Samaritans

The unlikely Samaritans

Babula, Michael W. ORCID: 0000-0002-3567-6700 (2013) The unlikely Samaritans. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43 (4). pp. 899-908. ISSN 0021-9029 (Print), 1559-1816 (Online) (doi:

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The helping motivations of wealth-driven college students were investigated. Tang et al. argues that wealth-driven individuals are extrinsically motivated, and that extrinsic motivation negatively relates to helping behavior. The results of questionnaires and experimentation here contradict the recent literature. Seventy-two percent of subjects reported wealth as a top priority in life. Fifty-six percent of subjects would take an insider trading tip, and 78% of subjects offered help to a confederate who just learned his family member was in an accident and needed to make a telephone call. Logistic regression results showed intrinsic motivation among participants significantly predicted increased helping behavior. It is recommended that surveys used to create new paradigms be followed up with experimentation whenever feasible.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Article first published online: 3 April 2013. [2] Published in print: April 2013.
Uncontrolled Keywords: pro-social behavior, samaritan, business, altruism, social responsibility, ethics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
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