NORMA eResearch @NCI Library

Gender and political orientation as predictors of prosocial behaviour in Ireland

Duggan, Laura (2022) Gender and political orientation as predictors of prosocial behaviour in Ireland. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

[thumbnail of Bachelor of Arts]
PDF (Bachelor of Arts)
Download (839kB) | Preview


Research into prosocial behaviour (PSB) has indicated that rates of PSB are affected by both gender and political orientation. These influences have only been examined in isolation. Drawing from prior research this study examined the influence of both gender and political orientation on Irish, adult participants’ engagement in PSB. This study investigated gender differences in PSB in an Irish context, determining if there are differences in PSB scoring based on participants’ political orientation, and if gender and political orientation interact in their influence on PSB. Participants were recruited through posters with QR code and social media using a snowball sampling technique (N = 313). Participants completed an online survey containing demographic information, Political Attitudes Scale, Political Spectrum Questionnaire and the 16 Items of the Pro-socialness Scale for Adults. Results of hierarchical regression analyses found that both gender and political orientation impacted prosocial behaviour scores. The study found significant association between political orientation and prosocial scores as well as a minor predictive link between gender and prosocial scores. Future studies may benefit from the addition of experimental measures when investigating PSB, as well as examining the influence that the types of measures used to investigate political orientation has on findings.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Gender
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2022 14:53
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2022 14:53

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item