The structure of Bryant’s empathy index for children: a cross-validation study

  • Amaia Lasa Aristu
  • Francisco Pablo Holgado Tello
  • Miguel Ángel Carrasco Ortiz
  • María Victoria Del Barrio Gándara
Keywords: Empathy index, Children, Construct validity, Spanish language

Abstract

The present study examined the structure of Bryant’s Empathy Index (BEI) using different samples for conducting exploratory and confirmatory analyses. The BEI was administered to a sample of 2,714 children (mean age 11.12, SD = 1.59). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses showed a three-factor structure: Feelings of Sadness, Understanding Feelings and Tearful Reaction. The results revealed both the multidimensionality of the instrument and appropriate fit indices for the model proposed. Although these results were very similar to those reported in other studies with a Spanish population, the analyses were conducted in a more robust way: with a larger sample and using polychoric correlations and cross validation estimation.

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Published
2008-01-01
How to Cite
Lasa Aristu, A., Holgado Tello, F. P., Carrasco Ortiz, M. Ángel, & Barrio Gándara, M. V. D. (2008). The structure of Bryant’s empathy index for children: a cross-validation study. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 11(2), 670 - 677. https://doi.org/-
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