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ERIC Number: EJ1105033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Reducing Sex Differences in Children's Empathy for Animals through a Training Intervention
Angantyr, Malin; Hansen, Eric M.; Eklund, Jakob HÃ¥kansson; Malm, Kerstin
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v30 n3 p273-281 2016
Humane education programs designed to increase children's empathy for animals are becoming more common. A quasi-experiment tested the effectiveness of one such program by comparing 80 children who had completed the program with a control group of 57 children who had not. The children read a story involving an injured dog and rated the degree of empathic concern they felt for him. The results showed that girls tended to express more empathy for a dog than did boys, but this difference was not significant for children who underwent an animal empathy training program. This suggests that humane education programs can reduce sex differences by increasing boys' empathy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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