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Title: "I feel your pain" : factors influencing empathic concern for a suicidal peer
Authors: Sherinah Binte Rashid
Chen, Yu’en Jo-ann
Nasriah Rizman
Sharifah Nur Binte Alhadad
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: This study had two aims: (1) Investigate the direct and interactive influence of situational characteristics (perceived controllability over one’s situation, closeness with one’s peer, and prior knowledge of suicidal others) and personality characteristics (level of allocentrism) on empathic concern experienced for a suicidal peer, and (2) Explore the applicability of Batson’s (1987) empathy-altruism model to the context of suicidality. To test these, an online survey was administered to 100 undergraduates, aged 19 to 26 years. Only closeness was a strong predictor of empathic concern, indicating a stronger influence of situational characteristics over personality characteristics. Implications of examining determinants of empathic concern and suggestions for facilitating empathic concern among young adults are discussed.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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