Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Enhancement of Empathy Among Elementary School Children of Varying Cultural Backgrounds
by Schuler, Gioia, M.A., Notre Dame de Namur University, 2015, 115; 10010821
Abstract (Summary)

This pilot study investigates the influence of cultural empathy as a way to address the problems caused by multiculturalism. By applying an art intervention, the collective portrait, it is hypothesized that empathy levels will increase and help establish a collective identity. The instruments used (Feeling & Thinking and Read the Mind in the Eyes Test) give us two different perspectives from which to evaluate empathy: the recognition of emotion in oneself and the recognition of emotions in others, through their facial expressions. In this study 18 children, between ages 8 and 11, were recruited from a South Bay school district. Only 12 children completed the tests. Given the small sample size, the results of this study are not statistically significant. However, this study highlights important recommendations regarding the appropriateness of the instruments, methods and materials to be used in a follow up study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Myers Harrison, Jennifer, Durgamohan, Musunuri
School: Notre Dame de Namur University
Department: Art Therapy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Developmental psychology, Personality psychology
Keywords: Collective portrait, Cultural empathy, Multiculturalism
Publication Number: 10010821
ISBN: 978-1-339-46832-7
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