pISSN : 1976-1961

Empathy-Related Responding and Its Relations to Socioemotional Development

AUTHOR : Nancy Eisenberg

INFORMATION : page. 1~17 / 2014 Vol.8 No.1


Empathy-related responding relates to a variety of socioemotional outcomes for children. However, for a coherent pattern to emerge, it has been important to differentiate among various empathy-related reactions, including empathy, concern, and personal distress. Sympathy, in particular, has been associated with higher levels of prosocial behavior, whereas personal distress reactions tend to be negatively or unrelated to prosocial behavior. Sympathy and empathy also have been positively related to children’s prosocial moral reasoning and socially competent behavior, and negatively related to externalizing problems. Individual differences in self-regulation, as well as socialization experiences, also have been associated with children’s sympathy vs. personal distress responses.

Keyword :

empathy,sympathy,adjustment,prosocial behavior


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