Navigation Links
Charities take note: Personal relationships increase donations
Date:8/22/2008

People tend to be more sympathetic to people suffering from the same misfortune as a friend. But friendship with a victim does not make people generally more sympathetic, according to the authors of a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Authors Deborah A. Small and Uri Simonsohn (both University of Pennsylvania) seek to understand the driving forces behind the phenomenon where people become more sympathetic when a friend or loved one falls ill or suffers some other misfortune. "The sympathy inherent to a close relationship with a victim extends to other victims, leading benefactors to prefer charities that help those suffering from the misfortunes that have affected their friends and loved ones," write the authors.

The authors conducted three studies that confirmed that people are more sympathetic to victims suffering the same misfortune as a loved one than victims of other misfortunes. In the first study, they interviewed strangers in a train station about their feelings about Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, and job layoffs. They found that people who were closer to someone who had experienced one of the misfortunes were more sympathetic to the victims of those, but not to victims of the other misfortunes.

Surprisingly, in subsequent studies the authors were able to recreate this phenomenon in an experiment where friendships were newly created and the misfortune was losing $10 that had just been given to the participants. After people became "friends" in the study, they were more likely to donate money to a friend who lost money.

The authors note that participants' sympathy did not increase overall, just for victims of the same misfortune. "So friendship with a victim does not simply make people more sympathetic; rather it directs their sympathy to others with the same misfortune as their friend or loved one," they explain.

The authors' findings may help charities refine their fundraising strategies.
'/>"/>

Contact: Mary-Ann Twist
JCR@bus.wisc.edu
608-255-5582
University of Chicago Press Journals
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Catholic Charities USA Calls on Congress and the President to Protect the Health of Children; Urges President Not to Veto Vitally Important Bill
2. Audio Replay: Catholic Charities USAs Briefing on the Inextricable Link Between a Veto of SCHIP and Poverty in America
3. New Jersey Entrepreneur Turns a Page for Four National Charities
4. RxPop.com Announces Corporate Sponsorships with Several of the Nations Leading Health Charities
5. Catholic Charities USA to Release Report on November 15th that Shows Challenges Facing Americas Poor
6. Round Table Family Charities Raises $350,000 for Childrens Miracle Network
7. New England Technology Foundation Announces Connecting for Childrens Charities 2008 Event
8. Los Angeles Charities to Benefit From the Neiman Marcus Topanga Gala
9. Ilitch Charities Invests $50,000 in Innovative Community Programs
10. Catholic Charities Calls for Increased Support of Mothers in Need:
11. Reaching a Milestone: Project Smile Makes Local Charities and Patients Smile
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/2/2015)... ... September 02, 2015 , ... The Hydration ... allopathic medicine, opens its second location this week at 31542 S. Coast Hwy, ... feet of lounge space for patients to relax while receiving safe and effective ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... Burnsville, MN (PRWEB) , ... September 02, 2015 , ... ... forward to it; others dread it. However, few are prepared to face the academic ... once school starts. Our schools haven’t prepared them since schools don’t teach students how ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... ... September 02, 2015 , ... ... the upper extremity surgical market, announced today that more than 600 successful patient ... in the hand. Plus, nearly 70 of these procedures have been on ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... ... September 02, 2015 , ... Lakeview Health, a nationally recognized ... Overdose Awareness Day. The goal is to provide people information regarding drugs and ... they may get help. , Lakeview Health will be publishing information ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... PA (PRWEB) , ... September 02, 2015 , ... Pentec ... prestigious 2015 Inc. 5000 List for an impressive sixth consecutive year. Less than 5 ... with only twelve firms in the “health” sector. Pentec’s 3-year revenue growth rate ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:The Hydration Room Opens New Location In Laguna Beach, California 2Health News:The Hydration Room Opens New Location In Laguna Beach, California 3Health News:The Hydration Room Opens New Location In Laguna Beach, California 4Health News:5 Essential Study Tips Every Student Needs for Academic Success but Schools Do Not Teach 2Health News:5 Essential Study Tips Every Student Needs for Academic Success but Schools Do Not Teach 3Health News:Trigger Tome Surpasses 600 Successful Patient Procedures 2Health News:August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day – Lakeview Health to Help Bring Awareness 2Health News:Pentec Health Once Again Named One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America 2
... Tenn., Jan. 13 The National Eczema Association,(NEA) awarded ... Lotion. , The NEA Seal ... Education (EASE) program, which is intended to improve the,quality ... eczema and sensitive,skin. , "These ...
... now open for a more rewarding challenge , ... Jenkintown, PA (PRWEB) January 13, 2009 ... resolutions and according to USA.gov, losing weight and getting fit are among the ... many of those eager to fulfill their vows is to lace up their ...
... to meet their customers, product needs quickly and efficiently, Nationwide Medical/Surgical ... 2009-2010 season beginning in August. , ... (Vocus) January ... the Flu Vaccine for the 2009-2010 flu season. ...
... persistence to seek out the best treatment options available ... leg today. Bill,s proactive efforts led him to revolutionary ... Methodist Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, where a team of ... During the minimally invasive procedure, they also found and ...
... announces the launch of their new website www.GlaceComplete.com . ... to Glenwood Systems and the company,s turbo-charged practice management/billing system GlaceComplete ... information. , ... Waterbury, CT (PRWEB) January Monday 12, ...
... of the 21,000 Americans who die each year of ... likely cause. So, the American Association of ... Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) with a ... those who never smoked. Those making the connection, along ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:National Eczema Association Anoints Theraplex Child-Friendly Eczema Products with Seal of Acceptance 2Health News:The Breast Cancer 3-Day Challenges Americans to Get Out of the New Year's Resolution Rut 2Health News:The Breast Cancer 3-Day Challenges Americans to Get Out of the New Year's Resolution Rut 3Health News:The Breast Cancer 3-Day Challenges Americans to Get Out of the New Year's Resolution Rut 4Health News:Nationwide Medical/Surgical Announces They Will Carry Flu Vaccine 2Health News:Irishman with Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Finds Leg-, Life-Saving Treatment In Columbus, Ohio 2Health News:Irishman with Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Finds Leg-, Life-Saving Treatment In Columbus, Ohio 3Health News:Irishman with Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Finds Leg-, Life-Saving Treatment In Columbus, Ohio 4Health News:Glenwood Systems, LLC Launches New Website -- GlaceComplete.com 2Health News:Program to Identify Likely Victims of Radon-Related Lung Cancer; Survivors Commit to Risk Reduction Despite Failed Government Policy 2Health News:Program to Identify Likely Victims of Radon-Related Lung Cancer; Survivors Commit to Risk Reduction Despite Failed Government Policy 3Health News:Program to Identify Likely Victims of Radon-Related Lung Cancer; Survivors Commit to Risk Reduction Despite Failed Government Policy 4
(Date:9/2/2015)... , Sept. 2, 2015   Americord Registry , a ... placenta tissue banking company, announced today that is ... 500. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150902/263095LOGO ... to have grown at least tenfold over the past three ... has continued this trend with 50% quarterly growth during the ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... and BEDFORD, Mass. , ... Arroyo LLP is investigating whether certain officers ... Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.  ConforMIS is a ... platform to develop, manufacture, and sell joint replacement implants ... patient,s unique anatomy. View this press release ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... 2015  AccuTec Blades, Inc. today announced the acquisition ...  EPC announced in May 2015 its intent to discontinue ... and Obregon, Mexico . ... Rick Gagliano , the newly-appointed ... "Our new name, AccuTec Blades, reflects the precision and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Americord Registry Announces Ranking on 2015 Inc. 500 2Robbins Arroyo LLP Is Investigating the Officers and Directors of ConforMIS, Inc. (CFMS) on Behalf of Shareholders 2AccuTec Blades, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Industrial Blades Division from Edgewell Personal Care Company 2
... MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 24, 2011 Based on ... (PERS) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes BeClose with the ... Innovation of the Year for its innovative BeClose System ... (Logo:   http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO ) While PERS ...
... Jan. 24, 2011 PharmAthene, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ... Court of Chancery, which commenced January 3, 2011, in its ... Friday, January 21, 2011. The Company anticipates that post trial ... of the court will be complete by the end of ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Frost & Sullivan Recognizes BeClose as a Technology Innovator for 'Aging Independently' in North America 2Frost & Sullivan Recognizes BeClose as a Technology Innovator for 'Aging Independently' in North America 3Frost & Sullivan Recognizes BeClose as a Technology Innovator for 'Aging Independently' in North America 4PharmAthene Provides Update on Litigation With SIGA Technologies 2
... protein 4 (IGFBP-4) is a 24 kDa protein ... IGF-I and IGF-II. It is also present in ... 28 kDa. IGFBP-4 has been identified in all ... types, including fibroblasts, neuroblastoma, prostate and bone cells ...
... the adrenal gland and gonads, is the ... both of which may be subsequently converted ... activity, estimated at ~(less than or equal ... androstenedione levels often exceed testosterone in both ...
... Inhibins are heterodimeric proteins that suppress ... from the pituitary. Inhibin consists of two ... linked together. Inhibin A consists of the ... the alpha-subunit and betaB-subunit. Only the dimeric ...
... a 7.5 kDa peptide which is secreted primarily ... mitogenic and metabolic actions involved in cellular growth. ... to target cell receptors. IGF-II binds with high ... monomeric protein which also serves as the receptor ...
Medicine Products: