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Relations of Empathy-Related Responding to Children’s and Adolescents’ Social Competence

Nancy Eisenberg, Snjezana Huerta and Alison Edwards

in Empathy

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780262016612
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262298612 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262016612.003.0009
Relations of Empathy-Related Responding to Children’s and Adolescents’ Social Competence

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This chapter focuses on the relationship between social competence and the empathy-related responding capabilities of children and adolescents. Studies show that there is a possibility of alteration in the quality of social interactions because of sympathy and empathy, and there are more opportunities for children with high-quality social interactions. The chapter discusses the role of development in improving empathy-related responding, as well as the effect of gender and socioeconomic status on the association of social competence and empathy-related responding. It also presents an experiment designed to test the social skills training effects on empathy and sympathy.

Keywords: social competence; empathy-related responding; social interactions; gender; socioeconomic status; social skills training

Chapter.  6908 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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