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ERIC Number: EJ1106472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
The Structure and Development of Dispositional Compassion in Early Adolescence
Bengtsson, Hans; Söderström, Micael; Terjestam, Yvonne
Journal of Early Adolescence, v36 n6 p840-873 Aug 2016
Compassion may be directed at a broad range of targets. The present study investigated interrelations among other-directed compassion, self-compassion, and environmental compassion in early adolescence (age = 12-14; n = 256) and examined how the different manifestations of compassion related to age and sex during this age period. Dispositional compassion directed at different targets was assessed through self-reports and peer nominations. Structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis supported a model that portrayed dispositional compassion toward self, others, and the environment as three distinct but interrelated factors. Other-directed compassion and environmental compassion were higher in girls than in boys. There was a decrease in all forms of compassion with age. The drop in self-compassion was linked to negative self-perceptions in 13- and 14-year-old girls. The roles of experience and cognitive factors in linking different forms of dispositional compassion are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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