Research Review: The typical and atypical development of empathy: How big is the gap from lab to field?

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Bringing you some selected Open Access journal papers from our portfolio; The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP), Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal (CAMH), and JCPP Advances.

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Open Access paper from JCPP Advances

Background – Empathy-understanding and sharing someone else’s feelings-is crucial for social bonds. Studies on empathy development are limited and mainly performed with behavioural assessments. This is in contrast to the extensive literature on cognitive and affective empathy in adults. However, understanding the mechanisms behind empathy development is critical to developing early interventions to support children with limited empathy. This is particularly key in toddlerhood, as children transition from highly scaffolded interactions with their parents and towards interactions with their peers. However, we know little about toddlers’ empathy, in part due to the methodological constraints of testing this population in traditional lab settings.

Authors: Chiara Bulgarelli, Emily J. H. Jones

First published: 24 January 2023

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