Journal article

Associations between cognitive and affective empathy and internalizing symptoms in late childhood

Katherine O Bray, Vicki Anderson, Christos Pantelis, Elena Pozzi, Orli S Schwartz, Nandita Vijayakumar, Sally Richmond, Camille Deane, Nicholas B Allen, Sarah Whittle

JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Empathy is a multidimensional construct, which includes cognitive and affective components. Studies in adults have demonstrated that both cognitive and affective empathy are associated with anxious and depressive symptoms. The aim of this study was to examine these associations in childhood. METHODS: Participants were 127 9- and 10-year-old children, recruited from the community. Self-report measures of cognitive and affective empathy, and internalizing symptoms were administered, as well as a task-based measure of cognitive empathy. RESULTS: Canonical correlation analysis demonstrated that components of affective empathy, specifically affective sharing and empathic distress, wer..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Practitioner Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Research Council [DP130103551], the National Health and Medical Research Council (Career Development Fellowship to SW) [1125504]. KB was supported by The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the William Georgetti Scholarship. VA was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Practitioner Research Fellowship (1079478). The work was also supported by the Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Fund.