Helping

Type of psychology: Developmental psychology; motivation; personality;

social psychology Field of study: Prosocial behavior

Theories of helping behavior have attempted to explain why people offer physical and psychological assistance to others in both emergency and nonemergency situations. These theories have considered the roles of physiological arousal, judgments of costs and rewards, mood states, and attributions of responsibility in influencing helping behavior.

Key concepts

• arousal cost-reward model

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