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The characteristics of empathy for high school students with hearing impairment

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2011, 12(2), pp.141-156
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

Kim, Ja-kyoung 1 Kang Hye Jin 1 구자현 2

1부산대학교
2마산중일초등학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to compare cognitive, affective and communicative empathy level between high school students with and without hearing impairment and investigate the relationship among cognitive, affective and communicative components. The subjects of this study were 15 students with hearing impairment and 19 students without hearing impairment. Three scales of cognitive, affective and communicative empathy were used to measure the characteristic of empathy for them. The results of this study are as follows:First, there is no difference between high school students with and without hearing impairment in the cognitive empathy. Second, high school students with hearing impairment show lower level of affective empathy than high school students without hearing impairment. Third, high school students with hearing impairment show lower level of communicative empathy than high school students without hearing impairment. Forth, there are correlations between cognitive and affective empathy, cognitive and communicative empathy, affective empathy and communicative empathy among high school students with hearing impairment. However, there are on correlations between perspective-taking and fantasy, perspective- taking and communicative empathy.

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