Prosocial Behaviors Among the Vietnamese Population During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Social Education Programs

Trang Vu Thu1, *, Dung Vu2, Kyesun Lee3, Lan Nguyen Thi Mai2, Nguyet Le Minh1, Phan Phung Dinh Bao4, Ngoc Tran Hoang Thi Diem3, Long Nguyen Xuan5, Nam Pham Tien6
1 National University of Education, Hanoi City, Vietnam
2 Institute of Psychology, Hanoi City, Vietnam
3 Department of Korean Language, Thanglong University, Hanoi City, Vietnam
4 University of Education, Hue University, Hue City, Vietnam
5 University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi City, Vietnam
6 Hanoi University of Public Health, Faculty of Social Work, Hanoi City, Vietnam

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The objectives of this study were to estimate the prevalence of prosocial behaviors and to examine associated factors among the Vietnamese people during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Two hundred and ninety-two Vietnamese people participated in the study through web-based respondent network sampling.


Findings showed that the prevalence of high prosocial behaviors was 75.3%.


In the multivariable regression models, significant factors for prosocial behaviors were institutional trust and age. Implications for social education programs were also discussed in this study.

Keywords: Prosocial behavior, Institutional trust, COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnamese population, Social education program, Social community.