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What is pro-social behavior? What motivation theories apply?

Offer a brief description of a situation in which you or a person you observed engaged in prosocial behavior. Discuss the factors that may have contributed to the motivation to help, including an analysis of how the five steps to prosocial behavior were involved. Also explain how one or more of the motivation theories applies to the situation. Then, state your thoughts about whether or not prosocial behavior can ever be completely altruistic or selfless, and why. Finally, reflect on whether additional help could have been offered in the situation. Please provide references in APA format.

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(a) A brief description of a situation in which you or a person you observed engaged in prosocial behavior. Discuss the factors that may have contributed to the motivation to help, including an analysis of how the five steps to prosocial behavior were involved.

Prosocial behavior is explained as a patterns of activity, in which the motivation to help others is out of pure regard for their needs rather than the action itself. Basically, prosocial behavior refers to volunteering actions that are meant to benefit others (Baron, Byrne, & Branscome, 2006).To describe a situation of personal engagement in prosocial behavior was in assuming the responsibility to care for a mentally-challenged relative. The motivation to help was sparked by the need to immediately attend to the situation. An unsuspected death had occurred with a family member, who had cared for the relative, and she was left in a place that I thought placed her in great personal danger. Baron et al in describing this type of prosocial action explain that help is provided for a person who is in need with a continuing problem that requires help over a long period of time. On this basis, the helping ...

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This solution describes prosocial behavior, and describes how motivation theories apply to a specific situation. This solution is 716 words, with two references.

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