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The Caring Motivation: An Integrated Theory

Ofra Mayseless


This book deals with our innate motivation to care, give, help, and nurture another person or entity. Several conceptual frameworks—spiritual views of caring, evolutionary accounts, biological bases (genetic, hormonal, neural), empathic processes, attachment theory and feminism—are reviewed in this book and provide the theoretical foundations. In addition, a large variety of research paradigms are reviewed to uncover the rich and multidimensional nature of cargiving. These include parenting, social support, prosocial behavior, altruism, volunteering, heroism, mentoring, donations, teachers’ ca ... More

Keywords: care, caring, caregiving, prosocial, attachment, parenting, social support, volunteering, altruism, organizational citizenship behavior

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199913619
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199913619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ofra Mayseless, author
Professor of Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel

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Part I Conceptual Frameworks Regarding Caring

Part II Manifestations of Caring and Caregiving in Different Domains and Contexts

Part III The Development of Caring and Individual Differences

Part IV A Conceptual Model of Caring as a Motivation