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Comparison in the Level of Empathy in Adolescent Girls and Boys


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1 Department of Psychology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Amity University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
     

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Evidence suggests that there are differences in the capacity for empathy between males and females. However, how deep do these differences go? Stereo typically, females are portrayed as more nurturing and empathetic, while males are portrayed as less emotional and more cognitive. Some authors suggest that observed gender differences might be largely due to cultural expectations about gender roles. However, empathy has both evolutionary and developmental precursors, and can be studied using implicit measures; aspects that can help elucidate the respective roles of culture and biology. The aim of the present study was to measure the empathy among the adolescents' girls and boys. Total sample comprised of 80 students (40 males&40 females) from the English medium Schools, Jaipur. The standardized tool was used to measure empathy in adolescent boys and girls. The results had shown there is a significance difference in the level of empathy in boys and girls.

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Empathy, Adolescent Boys and Girls.
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Shivangi Saxena
Department of Psychology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Smriti Tripathi
Amity University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
A.V. S. Madnawat
Department of Psychology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Abstract


Evidence suggests that there are differences in the capacity for empathy between males and females. However, how deep do these differences go? Stereo typically, females are portrayed as more nurturing and empathetic, while males are portrayed as less emotional and more cognitive. Some authors suggest that observed gender differences might be largely due to cultural expectations about gender roles. However, empathy has both evolutionary and developmental precursors, and can be studied using implicit measures; aspects that can help elucidate the respective roles of culture and biology. The aim of the present study was to measure the empathy among the adolescents' girls and boys. Total sample comprised of 80 students (40 males&40 females) from the English medium Schools, Jaipur. The standardized tool was used to measure empathy in adolescent boys and girls. The results had shown there is a significance difference in the level of empathy in boys and girls.

Keywords


Empathy, Adolescent Boys and Girls.