ERIC Number: EJ1037290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
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Empathy and Emotional Intelligence among Eastern and Western Counsellor Trainees: A Preliminary Study
Young Kaelber, Kara A.; Schwartz, Robert C.
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, v36 n3 p274-286 Sep 2014
This study explored degree of empathy and emotional intelligence among Thai (n?=?48) and American (n?=?53) counsellor trainees to determine if differences in Eastern and Western cultural orientations (e.g., interdependent versus independent self-construals) affect foundational counselling skills. Results indicated that Western trainees showed greater empathy, although no differences were found in emotional intelligence between Eastern and Western trainees. Length of training correlated with greater empathy in both groups, but was not associated with emotional intelligence. Type of self-construal correlated with both degree of empathy and emotional intelligence. Implications for counselling research and training are addressed.
Descriptors: Empathy, Emotional Intelligence, Counselor Training, Correlation, Western Civilization, Asian Culture, Cultural Differences, Counseling Effectiveness
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