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Frontiers in Psychology




814869 (1-8)


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has fueled anti-Asian, especially anti-Chinese sentiments worldwide, which may negatively impact diasporic Chinese youths' adjustment and prosocial development. This study examined the association between compassion, discrimination and prosocial behaviors in diasporic Chinese youths during the COVID-19 pandemic. 360 participants participated and completed the multi-country, cross-sectional, web-based survey between April 22 and May 9, 2020, the escalating stage of the pandemic. This study found compassion as prosocial behaviors' proximal predictor, while discrimination independently predicted participation in volunteering, and could potentially enhance the association between compassion and charitable giving. These findings suggest that prosociality among young people is sensitive to social context, and that racial discrimination should be considered in future prosocial studies involving young members of ethnic and racial minorities.


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Chen, Y., Wang, Z., Zhang, Q., Dong, W., Xu, J. H. C., Wu, S. J., Zhang, X., & Chen, C. (2022). Compassion, discrimination, and prosocial behaviors: Young diasporic Chinese during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 1-8, Article 814869.