Faculty Publications

Title

The development of empathic skill: A study

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Education for Social Work

Volume

15

Issue

2

First Page

30

Last Page

37

Abstract

Two conditions for the development of empathy skill, compatible with social work curricula and staff development programs, were tested in a pretest-posttest design. Empathy skill was operationalized using a videotape of client-worker interviews coupled with a fixed response questionnaire. The first condition, an experiential-didactic course, produced no significant change in empathy. The second condition, a structured meditation experience, produced significant change but not beyond controls. Positive change in empathy scores significantly correlated with blind- ranked levels of meditation attainment. Scores of subjects exposed to the two conditions combined are compared with results of other studies. Limitations and implications are discussed. © 1979 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1979

DOI of published version

10.1080/00220612.1979.10671563

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