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ERIC Number: ED141671
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 16
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A Cross-Cultural Study of Empathy in Young Children.
Roe, Kiki V.
To gauge the effect that different cultural attitudes and child-rearing practices may have on the development of empathy, the Feshbach and Roe Affective Situational Test for Empathy was administered to 64 Greek city children and to 60 Greek rural children, all aged six to seven. The empathic responses of the Greek children were compared to those obtained earlier from 46 American city children. Greek children were less empathic than American children and whereas there was no overall difference in the responses of American boys versus American girls, Greek boys were less empathic than Greek girls. These results are attributed to the inhibition of the internalization process in Greece, where parents discipline their children by rigid and punitive means. The close mother-son relationship, heightened by the fact that Greek fathers seldom participate in child-rearing and are usually away from home, may further inhibit the internalization process and empathy in Greek boys. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Greece