Helping "Us" versus "Them": Towards a Group-Level Theory of Helping and Altruism Within and Across Group Boundaries

Stefan Stürmer, Mark Snyder

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50 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Psychology of Prosocial Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationGroup Processes, Intergroup Relations, and Helping
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781405178815
StatePublished - Nov 6 2009


  • Emphasizing commonalities among groups-promoting empathy and altruism across group lines
  • Group-level theory of helping and altruism within and across group boundaries
  • Helping "Us" versus "Them"
  • In-group/out-group distinction impact on empathy-helping relationship
  • Motives for helping in interpersonal contexts
  • Perception of similarities between helper and target
  • Psychological understanding of altruistic motivation and empathy in helping
  • Role of perceived self-other (dis)similarities in empathy relationship and evolutionary roots
  • Salient in-group/out-group distinctions
  • Social psychological theory of helping and altruism and social groups

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