Journal article

The Role of Empathy in Anger Arousal in Violent Offenders and University Students

Andrew Day, Philip Mohr, Kevin Howells, Adam Gerace, Loraine Lim

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2012

Abstract

A lack of empathic responsiveness toward others has been consistently identified as an important antecedent to aggressive behavior and violent crime, with many rehabilitation programs for violent offenders incorporating treatment modules that are specifically designed to increase offender empathy. This study examined the extent to which cognitive (perspective taking) and affective (empathic concern, personal distress) empathy predicted anger in a clinical (male prisoners convicted of a violent offense) and a nonclinical (student) sample. Perspective taking emerged as the strongest predictor of self-reported anger in response to an interpersonal provocation, as well as being most consistently..

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