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A preliminary investigation into empathic responding after traumatic brain injury: and clinical research portfolio

Paterson, Nicole Susanne (2011) A preliminary investigation into empathic responding after traumatic brain injury: and clinical research portfolio. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Introduction: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can cause difficulties in the ability to empathise; however, research that investigates specific models of empathy in a TBI sample has not been forthcoming. This study investigates difficulties with empathy after TBI using Eisenberg’s Empathy Related Responding Model. Design: A between-subject design was used with two groups of 19 participants. The groups were matched for age, gender and years of education. Methods: There were three primary outcomes measures. These were an empathy task devised for this study, the Basic Empathy Scale and the Balanced Emotional Empathy Scale. Results: Groups did not differ in affective empathy, sympathy and personal distress on the empathy task. The groups did differ on the sadness emotion for the cognitive empathy task. These results were consistent with the results for the BES and BEES. Discussion: The TBI group have difficulties with empathic responding. In addition, cognitive empathy appears to mediate distress but not sympathy. The need for further research to investigate the results of this preliminary study is discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: empathic responding, traumatic brain injury
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: McMillan, Professor Tom and Obonsawin, Dr. Marc
Date of Award: 2011
Depositing User: Miss Nicole S Paterson
Unique ID: glathesis:2011-2896
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2011
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 14:01
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/2896

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