Reducing Youth Ingroup Favoritism to Address Social Injustice

Gustavo Carlo, Alexandra Davis, Laura Taylor

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Social injustices toward minority groups are pervasive around the world, and further exacerbated by global threats such as COVID-19 and climate change. Prosocial tendencies, such as empathy, moral reasoning, and helping behaviors directed only toward members of one’s own social groups, discriminate against outgroups, and can perpetuate an unjust status quo. Yet, recent meta-analyses point to effective intervention programs that can foster prosocial responses across group lines. Developmental science has identified evidence-based interventions, policies, and programs to foster inclusive prosocial tendencies (toward both in-group and out-group members) to redress social injustices and inequities, and ultimately, lead to more just and peaceful societies. The recent developmental science informs five policy principles (developmental science, resilience, culture, collaboration, and sustainability) that can advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals around inclusion and peace.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolicy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusAccepted - 05 Dec 2021


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