In this review, we describe the development of prosocial behavior in adolescence as a critical inflection period for social adjustment. Experimental research using prosocial giving tasks demonstrates that adolescents differentiate more between recipients and contexts, suggesting increasing ingroup-outgroup differentiation during adolescence. We also demonstrate that social brain development during adolescence is partly driven by environmental influences, further underlining adolescence as a critical period for social development. The COVID-19 pandemic has had and will have long-term effects on the current generation of adolescents, for which we describe both the risks, resilience factors, and opportunities for engaging in prosocial acts of kindness.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Current Opinion in Psychology|
|Early online date||5 Oct 2021|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
E.A.C. is supported by an ‘innovative ideas’ grant of the European Research Council (ERC CoG PROSOCIAL 681632 to E.A.C.).
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