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Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development 4/2012

01-08-2012 | Original Article

The Basic Empathy Scale: A Chinese Validation of a Measure of Empathy in Adolescents

Auteurs: Yaoguo Geng, Dan Xia, Beibei Qin

Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development | Uitgave 4/2012

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Chinese version of the Basic Empathy Scale (BES). The Chinese version of BES was administered to a sample (n = 1,524) aged 9–18 and 65 males with conduct disorder aged 13–18. The result of confirmatory factor analysis showed a two-factor structure with four items deleted to be the most adequate model (cognitive empathy, affective empathy). Empathy was positively correlated with a measure of prosocial behaviour and a measure of emotional problems. Boys with conduct disorder scored significantly lower than matched participants on cognitive empathy. Moreover, in line with previous researches, girls were found to score significantly higher on empathy than boys and the scores on both cognitive and affective empathy increased with age. The Chinese revision exhibited satisfactory internal consistency and moderate test–retest reliability.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Basic Empathy Scale: A Chinese Validation of a Measure of Empathy in Adolescents
Auteurs
Yaoguo Geng
Dan Xia
Beibei Qin
Publicatiedatum
01-08-2012
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Child Psychiatry & Human Development / Uitgave 4/2012
Print ISSN: 0009-398X
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3327
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-011-0278-6