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An additional antecedent of empathic concern: Valuing the welfare of the person in need
University of Kansas, USA. (Department of Psychology)
Stockholms universitet, Sweden. (Psykologiska institutionen)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7839-7245
University of Kansas, USA.
University of Kansas, USA.
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2007 (English)In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, ISSN 0022-3514, E-ISSN 1939-1315, Vol. 93, no 1, p. 65-74Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two experiments examined the role of valuing the welfare of a person in need as an antecedent of empathic concern. Specifically, these experiments explored the relation of such valuing to a well-known antecedent--perspective taking. In Experiment 1, both perspective taking and valuing were manipulated, and each independently increased empathic concern, which, in turn, increased helping behavior. In Experiment 2, only valuing was manipulated. Manipulated valuing increased measured perspective taking and, in part as a result, increased empathic concern, which, in turn, increased helping. Valuing appears to be an important, largely overlooked, situational antecedent of feeling empathy for a person in need.

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2007. Vol. 93, no 1, p. 65-74
Keywords [en]
empathy, empathic concern, valuing, perspective taking, helping
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3742DOI: 10.1037/0022-3514.93.1.65ISI: 000247746400006PubMedID: 17605589Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34548834434OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3742DiVA, id: diva2:116406
Available from: 2007-09-27 Created: 2007-09-27 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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