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ERIC Number: EJ949803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
The Empathy Index: An Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties of a New Empathy Measure for Sex Offenders
Grady, Melissa D.; Rose, Roderick A.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v26 n18 p3790-3814 Dec 2011
This article examines the analysis of the psychometric properties, including the validity and reliability, of the Empathy Index (EI), a new instrument designed to measure empathy deficits of sex offenders. The EI was tested with a sample of 158 sex offenders incarcerated in North Carolina prisons. An exploratory factor analysis yielded three subscales: social aggression; instrumental (proactive) aggression; and justification. Social aggression was an unexpected finding, given this type of aggression is more commonly found in young females rather than adult male sex offenders. The instrument demonstrates promising construct and concurrent validity as well as strong internal reliability. Implications for future research and practice are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina