Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

If I Only Had Empathy: The Examination of Empathy on Delinquent Behavior
by Garcia, Michelle G., Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2013, 60; 3554753
Abstract (Summary)

Thirty-two youth participants from the Los Angeles Sheriff Department's Vital Interventions and Directional Alternatives (VIDA, 2012) program were examined to assess the relationship between empathy and delinquent behaviors. Pretest and posttest data were collected throughout the 16-week VIDA program. Participants were administered the TEIQue:CF (Mavroveli & Petrides, 2009) or the TEIQue:AF (Petrides, 2009) to measure Trait empathy. The COMPAS (NIPM, 2011) was utilized to measure Ability empathy. The COMPAS was also utilized to measure delinquent behaviors. Results indicated that Trait empathy and Ability empathy were not correlated to one another, consistent with the current research (Petrides, 2011). Results also indicated that Trait empathy was positively correlated to Common Drug use, and Ability empathy was negatively correlated to Antisocial Opportunity. MANOVA results indicated overall change of the variables, identifying Ability empathy and Antisocial Opportunity as the variables to have significantly changed. Future research recommendations and implications are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kennedy, Clive D.
Commitee: Shaw, James E.
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Forensic Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Behavior, Delinquent, Emotional intelligence, Empathy, Forensic, Juvenile delinquency
Publication Number: 3554753
ISBN: 978-1-267-95220-2
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