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ERIC Number: EJ958335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7219
Convergence between Physiological, Facial and Verbal Self-Report Measures of Affective Empathy in Children
Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, Xenia; Warden, David
Infant and Child Development, v16 n3 p237-254 Jun 2007
The present study investigated the degree of convergence between three different measures of vicarious affective responsiveness (affective empathy)--verbal self-report, facial expression and change in heart rate--in typically developing children (N=29, aged 8-10 years), when presented with an emotionally evocative film. Although convergence between physiological and verbal measures was only at chance levels, convergence between facial and physiological measures, and between facial and verbal measures was statistically significant, but low ([kappa]=0.30 and 0.22, respectively, [rho] less than 0.01). These findings have important implications for the assessment of empathy in children and indicate that generalization of results across methods should be undertaken with caution. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)