Empathy-Related Responding: Associations with Prosocial Behavior, Aggression, and Intergroup Relations

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Abstract

Empathy-related responding, including empathy, sympathy, and personal distress, has been implicated in conceptual models and theories about prosocial behavior and altruism, aggression and antisocial behavior, and intergroup relationships. Conceptual arguments and empirical findings related to each of these topics are reviewed. In general, there is evidence that empathy and/or sympathy are important correlates of, and likely contributors to, other-oriented prosocial behavior, the inhibition of aggression and antisocial behavior, and the quality of intergroup relationships. Applied implications of these findings, including prevention studies, are discussed, as are possible future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-180
Number of pages38
JournalSocial Issues and Policy Review
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 20 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology

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