ERIC Number: EJ1011493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Reference Count: 5
Commentary: Disregard for Others: Empathic Dysfunction or Emotional Volatility? The Relationship with Future Antisocial Behavior--Reflections on Rhee et al. (2013)
Blair, R. J. R.
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v54 n2 p167-168 Feb 2013
There have long been suggestions that reduced levels of empathy are associated with an increased risk for antisocial behavior (e.g., Miller & Eisenberg, 1988). The article by Rhee and colleagues on typically developing children (Rhee et al., 2012) is important because it is one of the few studies to longitudinally examine the relationship between early, behavioral indicators of empathic responding (assessed at age 14-36 months) and later antisocial behavior (assessed at age 4-17 years). Particularly, usefully empathic responding in this study is not only indexed by maternal reports on the child but also observations of the child's reactions to the pain of others (indeed it was these observational measures that were the best predictors of future antisocial behavior). In this article, the author discusses their views on the study by Rhee and colleagues on typically developing children.
Descriptors: Empathy, Antisocial Behavior, Correlation, Risk, Child Behavior, Emotional Response, Mother Attitudes, Observation, Predictor Variables, Pain, Aggression
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