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The purpose of this study was to examine whether dispositional sadness predicted children's prosocial behavior and if sympathy mediated this relation. Constructs were measured when children (n = 256 at time

The purpose of this study was to examine whether dispositional sadness predicted children's prosocial behavior and if sympathy mediated this relation. Constructs were measured when children (n = 256 at time 1) were 18, 30, and 42 months old. Mothers and non-parental caregivers rated children's sadness; mothers, caregivers, and fathers rated children's prosocial behavior; sympathy (concern and hypothesis testing) and prosocial behavior (indirect and direct, as well as verbal at older ages) were assessed with a task in which the experimenter feigned injury.

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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1111/sode.12084
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    Edwards, Alison, Eisenberg, Nancy, Spinrad, Tracy L., Reiser, Mark, Eggum-Wilkens, Natalie D., & Liew, Jeffrey (2015). Predicting Sympathy and Prosocial Behavior From Young Children's Dispositional Sadness. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, 24(1), 76-94. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sode.12084

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