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ERIC Number: ED419182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-30
Pages: 27
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The Influence of Demographic Background, Ethnic Identity, and Attitudes toward Women on Empathic Thinking.
Steward, Robbie J.; Powers, Robin; Jo, Hanik
This paper describes a study on how, and to what degree, students' demographic information, ethnic identity, and attitudes about women contribute to their ability to be empathic. The report defines an empathic person as one who is interpersonally sensitive and aware of one's self and impact in relationship to others and is responsible for the improvement of self and society in general. These variables, one's sense of self as a member of an ethnic group and one's commitment to feminist thought, are specifically examined, given that these are the training interventions that are most typically visible and strongly recommended in training efforts to decrease stereotypical thinking and to increase trainees' self and other awareness, knowledge, and interpersonal skills. For the study, 179 students aged 19-25 completed the Scale of Intellectual Development, the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure, and Attitudes toward Women Scale. The results show that ethic identity and attitudes about women were found to contribute to the ability to think empathically. Among the three independent variables, ethic identity was found to be the only significant variable. Findings suggest that the more positive and secure individuals' ethnic identity was, particularly in relationship to the orientation to other groups, the greater the ability to think empathically. Implications for undergraduate education, admissions, and training in counseling programs are discussed. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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