The Role of Culture in Affective Empathy: Cultural and Bicultural Differences

  title={The Role of Culture in Affective Empathy: Cultural and Bicultural Differences},
  author={Tracy G. Cassels and Sherilynn F Chan and Winnie W. Chung},
  journal={Journal of Cognition and Culture},
Empathy is essential for healthy relationships and overall well-being. Affective empathy is the emotional response to others’ distress and can take two forms: personal distress or empathic concern. In Western cultures, high empathic concern and low personal distress have been implicated in increased prosocial behaviour (e.g., Eisenberg et al., 1989) and better emotion management and peer relations (e.g., Eisenberg and Fabes, 1998). Various factors have been examined with respect to affective… Expand

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