Examining the relationship between low empathy and bullying
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2006
© 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Volume 32, Issue 6, pages 540–550, November 2006
How to Cite
Jolliffe, D. and Farrington, D. P. (2006), Examining the relationship between low empathy and bullying. Aggr. Behav., 32: 540–550. doi: 10.1002/ab.20154
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 JUN 2005
- Manuscript Received: 17 NOV 2004
- gender differences
This paper investigates the relationship between cognitive and affective empathy and bullying. A bullying questionnaire was completed by 376 males and 344 females aged about 15 in Hertfordshire. Low affective empathy was significantly related to bullying for females, but not for males. However, for both males and females low affective empathy was related to frequent vs. occasional bullying. Low total empathy was related to violent bullying by males and to indirect bullying by females. Cognitive empathy was not significantly related to any type of bullying by males or females. Aggr. Behav. 32:540–550. 2006. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.