ERIC Number: ED219688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-18
Reference Count: 0
The Development and Validation of Programmed Empathy Training.
Bender, Robert C.
Although research strongly supports the facilitative nature of empathy in all helping relationships, there is a need for the experimental assessment of the differential effects of procedures designed to maximize this skill. Resident assistants (N=154) participated in a study to compare programmed and didactic training methods and to determine the retention of any gains. Results indicated that while the didactic and the Empathy Enhancement Tapes (EET) were both effective training approaches, the EET was superior at the completion of training. Both experimental groups retained their increased levels of accurate empathy over a 4-week span; any differences between the two treatments were extinguished by that time. The findings suggest that empathic ability can be enhanced in an environment in which the training does not offer empathic understanding. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Didactic Training
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Detroit, MI, March 17-20, 1982).