Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Hintsanen, Mirka
Organisation OY
Project title
How Early Psychosocial Environment Affects Compassion: A 31-years Long Prospective Cohort Study on the Development of Dispositional Compassion
Decision No. 308676
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding period 01.09.2017 - 31.12.2021
Funding 420 877
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Project description
In the present multicultural world, increasing diversity and clash of cultures pose a risk for a rise in extremist attitudes and violence between different social and cultural groups. The rapidly growing number of refugees underscores the need for new means to promote tolerance in our society. In this cultural context, compassion is a fundamental element for building social harmony and understanding. This project examines the childhood developmental origins of dispositional compassion in adulthood and how both psychological and genetic factors together explain individual variability in compassion. The project is a part of a population based, prospective Young Finns cohort study with over 3500 subjects in the baseline who have been followed up regularly for 31 years since childhood. This unique project produces novel information on the effects of early psychosocial environment and genes on the development of compassion that can be used in building more harmonious and equal societies.