Study: The Differential Relations Between Empathy and Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Inpatient Adolescents

Impaired empathy is associated with a variety of psychiatric conditions; however, little is known about the differential relations between certain forms of psychopathology and cognitive and affective empathy in adolescent girls and boys.

The aim of this study was to examine the relations between externalizing and internalizing disorders and cognitive and affective empathy, respectively, while controlling for covariance among different forms of psychopathology, separately in girls and boys.

A total of 507 inpatient adolescents (319 girls and 188 boys) in the age range of 12–17 years completed the Basic Empathy Scale that measures affective and cognitive empathy.

  • Malgorzata Gambin
  • Carla Sharp