Pictorial Empathy Test (PET) An Easy-to-Use Method for Assessing Affective Empathic Reactions

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Lindeman , M , Koirikivi , I & Lipsanen , J 2018 , ' Pictorial Empathy Test (PET) An Easy-to-Use Method for Assessing Affective Empathic Reactions ' , European Journal of Psychological Assessment , vol. 34 , no. 6 , pp. 421-431 . https://doi.org/10.1027/1015-5759/a000353

Title: Pictorial Empathy Test (PET) An Easy-to-Use Method for Assessing Affective Empathic Reactions
Author: Lindeman, Marjaana; Koirikivi, Iivo; Lipsanen, Jari
Contributor organization: Department of Psychology and Logopedics
University Management
Teachers' Academy
Date: 2018-11
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: European Journal of Psychological Assessment
ISSN: 1015-5759
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1027/1015-5759/a000353
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309833
Abstract: Research on empathy has increased rapidly during the last decades but brief assessment methods are not easily available. The aim was to develop a test for affective empathic reactions which would be simple to translate into different languages, easy to use in a variety of research settings, and which would catch the empathic reactions at the moment they arise. We describe the development and validation of the Pictorial Empathy Test (PET) in three studies (Study 1, N = 91: Study 2, N = 2,789: and Study 3, N = 114). The PET includes seven photographs about distressed individuals and the participants are asked to rate on a 5-point scale how emotionally moving they find the photograph. The results indicated that the PET displayed a unitary factor structure and it had high internal consistency and good seven-month test-retest reliability. In addition, the results supported convergent and discriminant validity of the test. The results suggest that the PET is a useful addition to the prevailing methods for assessing affective empathy.
Subject: affective empathy
pictorial test
empathic reactions
ASPERGER-SYNDROME
FACIAL EXPRESSIONS
COGNITIVE EMPATHY
ADULTS
VALIDATION
QUOTIENT
AUTISM
BRAIN
QUESTIONNAIRE
DISSOCIATION
515 Psychology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: unspecified
Usage restriction: openAccess
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