Altruism and Social Learning in Kuwait; an Analysis of Gender Differences


  • Juliet Dinkha American University of Kuwait
  • Charles Mitchell American University of Kuwait
  • James Rose American University of Kuwait
  • Tasneem Rashwan American University of Kuwait
  • Monica Matta American University of Kuwait


Our paper aims to identify the gender differences in helping behavior. It also seeks to explore how gender roles and
prescribed norms affect the kind of helping behavior displayed by men and women in Kuwait, a collectivist society. In addition, we
examine how altruism is related to the social learning theory and the effects of media as a major component of social learning. Authors
explored whether altruistic behavior is impacted by observing others perform helping behavior. The Rushton et al. "Self-Report Altruism"
scale was used to gather this information. We distributed 652 surveys to respondents between the ages of 18-33 living in Kuwait. The
main findings concluded that males living in Kuwait are more altruistic than females and as both males and females get older, they tend
to help more. Furthermore, the results show that there is a strong correlation between the social theory and altruistic behaviors. In
Kuwait, both culture and religion emphasize that men are expected to provide help both at home and work, whereas women are only
expected to provide help at home.


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Dinkha, J. ., Mitchell, C. ., Rose, J. ., Rashwan, T. ., & Matta, M. . (2012). Altruism and Social Learning in Kuwait; an Analysis of Gender Differences. Journal of Educational and Social Research, 2(6), 97. Retrieved from