Parallel empathy and group attitudes in late childhood: The role of perceived peer group attitudes

Ghislaine van Bommel, Jochem Thijs*, Maria Miklikowska

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Abstract

Although several studies have examined outgroup empathy, the link between trait empathy and outgroup attitudes has been underinvestigated. In the present study this link was investigated among two samples of ethnic Dutch preadolescents (N = 335, Mage = 10.83 years, SD = 0.94; 53% girls; N = 326; Mage = 10.53 years, SD = 1.03; 48% girls). It examined children’s parallel empathy in relation to their ethnic attitudes, and the moderating role of perceived peer norms. Results (partly) support the hypotheses that empathy is associated with more outgroup positivity and less ingroup bias (ingroup minus outgroup attitude). The negative link between empathy
and outgroup bias was stronger when peers were perceived to be more biased against the outgroup.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Social Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020

Keywords

  • ADOLESCENCE
  • CHILDREN
  • ETHNIC-ATTITUDES
  • EXPRESSION
  • GROUP NORMS
  • INDIVIDUALS
  • INTERGROUP ATTITUDES
  • METAANALYSIS
  • PERSPECTIVE-TAKING
  • PREJUDICE
  • group attitudes
  • late childhood
  • parallel empathy

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