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Changes in Dispositional Empathy in American College Students Over Time: A Meta-Analysis

Poster Session III - Board: III- 097
Friday, May 28, 2010, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
APS Exhibit Hall

Ed O'Brien
University of Michigan

Courtney Hsing
University of Michigan

Sara H. Konrath
Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

We examine changes over time in empathy (Davis Interpersonal Reactivity Index) in American college students between 1984 and 2009. We find that Empathic Concern, Perspective Taking, and Fantasy (marginal) are declining over time, with Personal Distress remaining stable. These changes are most pronounced in post-2000 samples.

Subject Area: Personality/Social
Keywords: Personality

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