Empathy-related responding in children

Nancy Eisenberg, Tracy L. Spinrad, Amanda Morris

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The constructs of empathy and sympathy have been discussed for many years by moral philosophers (e.g., Blum, 1980; Hume, 1748/1975). In addition, for decades, numerous psychologists have assigned empathy and sympathy a central role in moral development, especially as a factor that motivates prosocial behavior (i.e., voluntary behavior intended to benefit another) and inhibits aggression toward others (Batson, 1991; Feshbach, 1975; Miller & Eisenberg, 1988).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Moral Development, Second Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781136673160
ISBN (Print)9781848729599
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


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