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Empathy and Social Support Provision in Couples: Social Support and the Need to Study the Underlying Processes

Inge Devoldre, Mark H Davis, Lesley Verhofstadt UGent and Ann Buysse UGent (2010) JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY. 144(3). p.259-284
abstract
Social support researchers and clinicians have repeatedly expressed the need to identify the antecedents of social support provision within close relationships. The aim of the present study is to investigate the extent to which individual differences in cognitive empathy (perspective taking) and affective empathy (empathic concern and personal distress) are predictive of social support provision in couples. Study 1 involved 83 female participants in a relatively young relationship; Study 2 involved 128 married couples. The authors used self-report measures in both studies to assess individual differences in empathy and participants' support provision behaviors. The main findings suggest a significant contribution of the different components of empathy with rather different pictures for each of these components. The authors discuss the present findings in light of existing theory and research on social support in relationships.
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keyword
PARTNER, CONFLICT, DETERMINANTS, MARITAL SATISFACTION, MARRIAGE, empathy, romantic partners, self-report, social support provision
journal title
JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY
J. Psychol.
volume
144
issue
3
pages
259 - 284
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000281477500003
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
JCR impact factor
0.899 (2010)
JCR rank
73/120 (2010)
JCR quartile
3 (2010)
ISSN
0022-3980
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1091882
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1091882
date created
2010-12-23 10:41:00
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:45:03
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  abstract     = {Social support researchers and clinicians have repeatedly expressed the need to identify the antecedents of social support provision within close relationships. The aim of the present study is to investigate the extent to which individual differences in cognitive empathy (perspective taking) and affective empathy (empathic concern and personal distress) are predictive of social support provision in couples. Study 1 involved 83 female participants in a relatively young relationship; Study 2 involved 128 married couples. The authors used self-report measures in both studies to assess individual differences in empathy and participants' support provision behaviors. The main findings suggest a significant contribution of the different components of empathy with rather different pictures for each of these components. The authors discuss the present findings in light of existing theory and research on social support in relationships.},
  author       = {Devoldre, Inge and Davis, Mark H and Verhofstadt, Lesley and Buysse, Ann},
  issn         = {0022-3980},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY},
  keyword      = {PARTNER,CONFLICT,DETERMINANTS,MARITAL SATISFACTION,MARRIAGE,empathy,romantic partners,self-report,social support provision},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {259--284},
  title        = {Empathy and Social Support Provision in Couples: Social Support and the Need to Study the Underlying Processes},
  volume       = {144},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Devoldre, Inge, Mark H Davis, Lesley Verhofstadt, and Ann Buysse. 2010. “Empathy and Social Support Provision in Couples: Social Support and the Need to Study the Underlying Processes.” Journal of Psychology 144 (3): 259–284.
APA
Devoldre, I., Davis, M. H., Verhofstadt, L., & Buysse, A. (2010). Empathy and Social Support Provision in Couples: Social Support and the Need to Study the Underlying Processes. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 144(3), 259–284.
Vancouver
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Devoldre I, Davis MH, Verhofstadt L, Buysse A. Empathy and Social Support Provision in Couples: Social Support and the Need to Study the Underlying Processes. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY. 2010;144(3):259–84.
MLA
Devoldre, Inge, Mark H Davis, Lesley Verhofstadt, et al. “Empathy and Social Support Provision in Couples: Social Support and the Need to Study the Underlying Processes.” JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 144.3 (2010): 259–284. Print.