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ERIC Number: EJ812834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
Empathy and Emotional Responsiveness in Delinquent and Non-Delinquent Adolescents
Robinson, Ross; Roberts, William L.; Strayer, Janet; Koopman, Ray
Social Development, v16 n3 p555-579 Aug 2007
Two groups of male adolescents, incarcerated young offenders (N = 64, mean age = 16.3 years) and a comparison group of community youth (N = 60; mean age = 16.6 years), were administered the Empathy Continuum (measuring cognitive-affective responses to persons in emotionally evocative videotaped vignettes) and questionnaire measures of empathy, emotional responsiveness, guilt, shame, and antisocial attitudes and behaviors. Although both groups endorsed general statements of empathy, young offenders responded with empathy less often to particular persons in particular situations, and reasoned regarding their empathic responses in more self-referencing ways. They also described their emotional responses to stimulus persons as less intense. In addition to the expected group differences, responsive empathy was a stronger predictor of delinquency than self-reported antisocial behavior, and correctly classified 69 percent of young offenders and comparison youths. Although guilt was consistently related to lower self-reported antisocial attitudes and behaviors, guilt (and shame) only weakly differentiated the two groups, limiting the usefulness of the TOSCA-A as a predictor of delinquency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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