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Making People Care: Can Inducing Empathic Concern Motivate Desire to Engage in Social Action on Behalf of a Stigmatized Group and Their Families?

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Title:Making People Care: Can Inducing Empathic Concern Motivate Desire to Engage in Social Action on Behalf of a Stigmatized Group and Their Families?
Authors:Gralapp, Sophie A.
Contributors:Psychology (department)
Keywords:altruism
empathy
empathic concern
families
incarceration
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offenders
prejudice
prisoners
prosocial
social action
stigma
stigmatization
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Date Issued:May 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:Inducing empathic concern can improve attitudes toward a stigmatized group (Batson et
al., 1997; Batson et al., 2002; Gleichgerrcht & Young, 2013; Todd & Burgmer, 2013).
But, can improving attitudes translate into action on behalf of the group? Research
suggests that feeling for a member of a stigmatized group can motivate one to help the
group (Batson, Chang, Orr, & Rowland, 2002). This study used an empathy
manipulation to examine the relationship between inducing empathy, improving attitudes
toward, and motivating desire to engage in social action on behalf of a highly stigmatized
group – offenders and their families. Participants completed a two-part online survey
comprised of three measures, which assessed: (1) participants’ empathic response to
offenders and their families, (2) participants’ attitudes toward offenders and their
families, and (3) whether inducing empathic concern would increase participants’ desire
to engage in social action on behalf of offenders and their families. The results of this
study revealed that participants’ empathy levels for offenders and their families rose from
before the empathy manipulation (pretest) to immediately after the manipulation
(posttest), but fell 1-2 weeks after the manipulation (followup). Both experimental
groups experienced increases in empathy levels regardless of which empathy
manipulation (high vs. low) they received, indicating that simply engaging in this study
impacted empathy levels. Further, the induction of empathic concern was not related to
an increase in participants’ desire to engage in social action on behalf of offenders and
their families.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62734
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