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ERIC Number: ED419181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 19
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Empathy and Cross-Cultural Sensitivity.
Steward, Robbie J.; Jo, Hanik; Roberts, Amber
Multicultural empathy has been recognized as an important factor in successfully treating ethnic minority clients. A study detailing the relationship between White counselor trainees' general ability to empathize and their ability to interact comfortably outside their culture of origin is described in this paper. Thirty-three counselor trainees enrolled in masters level school and agency counseling program were administered the "Empathy Test" and the "Culture Shock Inventory." Results indicate no significant association between counselor trainees' general ability to engage in cognitive empathy and their tendency toward cultural sensitivity. It appears that there is no relationship between general ability to predict general social norms that involve some understanding of the representation of cultural differences and an overall ability to comfortably function within a culturally different setting and/or with culturally different individuals. Consequently, those who know about the existence of cultural differences may or may not be comfortable or effective in cross-cultural interaction, In addition, being able to function within culturally different environments or with culturally different individuals does not automatically imply that one is able to engage in objective empathy or than one can predict the behavior of others. Implications for training and research are discussed. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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