Work on this chapter was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Development.
Empathy-Related Responding: Associations with Prosocial Behavior, Aggression, and Intergroup Relations
Article first published online: 13 DEC 2010
© 2010 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Social Issues and Policy Review
Volume 4, Issue 1, pages 143–180, December 2010
How to Cite
Eisenberg, N., Eggum, N. D. and Di Giunta, L. (2010), Empathy-Related Responding: Associations with Prosocial Behavior, Aggression, and Intergroup Relations. Social Issues and Policy Review, 4: 143–180. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-2409.2010.01020.x
- Issue published online: 13 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 13 DEC 2010
Empathy-related responding, including empathy, sympathy, and personal distress, has been implicated in conceptual models and theories about prosocial behavior and altruism, aggression and antisocial behavior, and intergroup relationships. Conceptual arguments and empirical findings related to each of these topics are reviewed. In general, there is evidence that empathy and/or sympathy are important correlates of, and likely contributors to, other-oriented prosocial behavior, the inhibition of aggression and antisocial behavior, and the quality of intergroup relationships. Applied implications of these findings, including prevention studies, are discussed, as are possible future directions.