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

(2010) JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY. 144(3). p.259-284
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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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PARTNER, CONFLICT, DETERMINANTS, MARITAL SATISFACTION, MARRIAGE, empathy, romantic partners, self-report, social support provision

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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},
}

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