The early development of empathy: Self-regulation and individual differences in the first year

Judy A. Ungerer*, Robyn Dolby, Brent Waters, Bryanne Barnett, Norm Kelk, Vivian Lewin

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    57 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    A longitudinal study of 45 mothers and their first-born infants was conducted to identify developmentally meaningful, individual differences in children's primitive empathic responding at 12 months of age, and to determine whether differences in self-regulatory skills assessed at 4 months might underlie any differences in empathic responding observed. Personal distress responses analogous to those observed in older children and adults were identified in one-third of the sample at 12 months of age. These distress responses were associated with indices of poorer self-regulatory skills in social contexts at 4 months of age. The results are interpreted within the broader framework of the development of self-regulatory strategies in the early childhood years.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)93-106
    Number of pages14
    JournalMotivation and Emotion
    Volume14
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 1990

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The early development of empathy: Self-regulation and individual differences in the first year'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this