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Call for Papers: Special Issue on "Prosocial Development in Risky and Vulnerable Contexts" (IJBD)

30.11.2018, by Tina Keil in call for papers

Intl. Journal of Behavioral Development (IJBD)
Submission deadline: February 15th, 2019

ISSBD (International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development)
ISSBD (International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development)

The International Journal of Behavioral Development (IJBD) is seeking manuscript submissions for a Special Issue, to be co-edited by Gustavo Carlo, University of Missouri, and Laura K. Taylor, University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. The title of the Special Issue is “Prosocial Development in Risky and Vulnerable Contexts.”

Background and aims of the Special Issue

Prosocial development in childhood and adolescence has immediate and long-lasting benefits for individuals, families and communities. Despite the wide-reaching implications of acts that aim to benefit others, there is little research on how these prosocial orientations and behaviors manifest in the face of adversity.

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the developmental processes through which prosocial outcomes are expressed by children and youth growing up in difficult contexts. These settings may include, but are not limited to, political conflict and ethnic divide; displaced, migrant, immigrant, undocumented and refugee; poverty and economic marginalization; living rough, on the street or homelessness; and family disruption such as living in orphanage, foster homes, or incarceration.

We are particularly keen to consider manuscripts that can identify key predictors of prosocial development, such as family, peer, school, neighborhood, cultural, as well as genetic and biological, factors. Moreover, studies that consider the developmental sequelae of prosocial behaviors (e.g., academic outcomes, improved intergroup relations, mental health) are also of interest. Manuscripts that can unpack and tease apart different types (e.g., altruism, helping, volunteerism), targets (e.g., family, friends or strangers, ethnic outgroups), and dimensions (e.g., anonymous, public) of prosocial outcomes are particularly welcomed. Papers that include related interpersonal (e.g., family, peers, social media) and dispositional constructs (e.g., empathy, sympathy, moral reasoning) or show the connections of prosocial outcomes across different levels of the social ecology (e.g., civic engagement, collective action) are appreciated.

We encourage submissions that include a range of methods, including longitudinal or panel designs, diary studies, well-designed experiments (e.g., dictator-type games), social interventions, and innovative methods that go beyond self-report data (e.g., virtual reality, physiological, biological, hormonal, fMRI). However, all papers in the Special Issue should address the notion of development, either in the sense of research that measures change (ideally) or research with clear and articulated implications for developmental outcomes.

The Special Issue will bring together empirical research on prosocial development in risky and vulnerable contexts to shed light on the unique and universal areas underlying these processes for children and young people.

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Inquiries may be addressed to the Guest Editors: Gustavo Carlo ( or Laura Taylor (