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NCJ Number: 237065 Find in a Library
Title: Dispositional Empathy in Neglectful Mothers and Mothers at High Risk for Child Physical Abuse
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:23  Issue:5  Dated:May 2008  Pages:670-684
Author(s): Joaquin de Paul; Alicia Perez-Albeniz; Maria Guibert; Nagore Asia; Amaia Ormaechea
Date Published: May 2008
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
48949 Leioa,
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigates whether mothers who are neglectful and at high risk for child physical abuse present a deficit in empathy.
Abstract: Participants were neglectful mothers (n = 37), mothers at high risk for child physical abuse (n = 22), and nonmaltreating mothers (n = 37). The Interpersonal Reactivity Index, a self-report measure assessing specific dimensions of empathy, was used to assess dispositional empathy. No differences between neglectful and non-neglectful mothers were found for perspective taking, empathic concern, and personal distress. High-risk mothers reported less perspective taking and more personal distress than nonmaltreating mothers. No difference between groups was found for empathic concern. The present study supported the hypothesis that parents at high risk for child physical abuse show a deficit in particular aspects of dispositional empathy: personal distress and perspective taking. However, no differences were found between neglectful and nonmaltreating mothers in any dimension of dispositional empathy. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child neglect causes; Female offenders; Foreign criminal justice research; Neglectful parents; Offender profiles; Spain
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