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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 9/2020

25-06-2020 | Review

Empathy and Positive Aspects of Adolescent Peer Relationships: a Scoping Review

Auteurs: Erika Portt, Staci Person, Brandi Person, Edward Rawana, Keith Brownlee

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 9/2020

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Abstract

A lack of empathy is related to some negative aspects of adolescent interpersonal functioning in the literature, such as bullying. However, the relationship between empathy and positive aspects of adolescent interpersonal functioning is less clear. Thus, this study sought to examine the association between empathy and positive components of peer relationships among adolescents. A scoping review was conducted to identify relevant literature and to provide a narrative overview of the identified studies. Three databases were searched (PsycINFO, Web of Science, and Sociological Abstracts). Subsequently, three reviewers independently analyzed articles to determine inclusion. Twenty-eight studies met inclusionary criteria. The aspects of peer relationships that were studied most frequently included peer attachment, social status (i.e., peer acceptance, likeability, social preference, and popularity), and friendship closeness or quality. The associations between empathy and some aspects of peer relationships among adolescents varied based on type of empathy and gender. Although inconsistencies were observed, the included studies often showed either a positive relationship or no relationship between empathy and positive peer relationship variables. In several studies, empathy was positively related to peer attachment and friendship quality or closeness, but not significantly related to popularity. Additional research is needed to further clarify these relationships. The results are integrated within a positive psychology framework examining the role of empathy as a potential strength in interpersonal functioning.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Empathy and Positive Aspects of Adolescent Peer Relationships: a Scoping Review
Auteurs
Erika Portt
Staci Person
Brandi Person
Edward Rawana
Keith Brownlee
Publicatiedatum
25-06-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 9/2020
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-020-01753-x