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Considerazioni teoriche. Strutturali e temporali per comprendere le motivazioni altruistiche dei donatori di sangue
Author/s: Eamonn Ferguson 
Year:  2012 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 713-724 FullText PDF:  195 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RIP2012-004009
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A fuller understanding of ‘altruism’ associated with blood donation requires understanding how the mechanisms of altruism described by theoretical models in biology, economics and psychology pertain to blood donor behaviour. In a brief overview of the literature I identify seven classes of mechanism and use these to describe the structural geography of blood donors’ altruistic motivational mechanisms. I argue that games from behavioural economics, such as dictator games, should start to be used as behavioural indices of altruistic preferences to supplement self-reports. Indeed, an open question is whether self-reported motivations or behavioural preference are better predictors of future donation. I further develop a series of temporal questions concerning the stability of such motives across the donor career and their changing pattern of prediction. Finally, I discuss methods of demonstrating the causal status of motivations and associated interventions.
Keywords: Mechanisms of altruism, blood donors, economic games, motivations to donate blood, willingness.

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Eamonn Ferguson, Considerazioni teoriche. Strutturali e temporali per comprendere le motivazioni altruistiche dei donatori di sangue in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 4/2012, pp. 713-724, DOI:10.3280/RIP2012-004009


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