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Empathy and rejection sensitivity in relation to reactive, proactive and relational aggression in 10- to 12-year-old children.

Reilly, N.L.; (2007) Empathy and rejection sensitivity in relation to reactive, proactive and relational aggression in 10- to 12-year-old children. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

The hypothesis that empathy inhibits aggression and therefore that a deficit in empathy may underlie aggressive behaviour (Feshbach, 1978) was investigated in this review. Twenty empirical papers examining the association between empathy and aggression in children and adolescents were reviewed. The studies revealed inconsistent results, particularly in relation to children. Amongst the studies of adolescent samples, there tended to emerge a significant negative association between empathy and aggression. More recent studies, and studies employing measures of situational empathy, yielded the most consistent evidence for a negative association between empathy and aggression. Gender differences were rarely reported, but one recent study offered some tentative support for the notion of a differential association between empathy and certain forms of aggression in girls compared with boys. Clinical implications and directions for future research are discussed in light of the results of this review.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Empathy and rejection sensitivity in relation to reactive, proactive and relational aggression in 10- to 12-year-old children.
Identifier: PQ ETD:592339
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Sensitive information has been removed from the ethesis
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1445026
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