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Empathy in parents and children: Links to preschoolers' attachment and aggression

dc.contributor.advisorCassidy, Judeen_US
dc.contributor.authorStern, Jessica A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-24T06:36:05Z
dc.date.available2017-01-24T06:36:05Z
dc.date.issued2016en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M25C1C
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/18958
dc.description.abstractThough theory suggests that parents’ empathy is important for children’s empathic development, the transmission of empathy from parent to child remains poorly understood. The goals of this investigation were to test an intergenerational model of empathy with child attachment as a potential mediating mechanism and to replicate findings linking child empathy to reduced risk for aggression. Eighty-nine preschoolers and their mothers completed measures of parent empathy, as well as child attachment, empathy, and aggression. Parent empathy predicted child empathy, but associations varied by the measure of empathy employed. Attachment did not mediate the association between parent and child empathy, although secure attachment predicted greater child empathy. Child empathy predicted aggression, but the direction of the effect varied by the measure of child empathy and by child sex. Findings shed light on the intergenerational transmission of empathy and highlight the importance of multi-method assessment in the study of empathy.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleEmpathy in parents and children: Links to preschoolers' attachment and aggressionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledDevelopmental psychologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledaggressionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledattachmenten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledempathyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledparentingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledpreschoolen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledpsychobiologyen_US


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