SRS Abstract for Harris & Samerotte, 1976

SRS Abstract for Harris & Samerotte, 1976


Harris, M.B., & Samerotte, G.C., (1976). The Effects of Actual and Attempted Theft, Need, and a Previous Favor on Altruism. Journal of Social Psychology, 99, 193-202.


The theory and rationale behind this study was based on past research in the area of FITD and transgression-altruism. The effects of different conditions on participants' willingness to donate money to either the same requestor or a different requestor. A two part field experiment utilizing different messages in order to gain compliance with second requests was employed. Procedures called for subjects to be watch another person's goods while conditions controlled for the subjects to witness attempted thefts or no thefts of goods. Measurement of number of donators and amounts of donation were assessed. Results indicate a tendency for subjects who comply with initial requests and the favor is small are more likely to comply with future requests of that requestor. While those subjects who complied to a seemingly small task, but had to act out a large task were less likely to comply with future requests. Implications are discussed.


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