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The questionnaire of cognitive and affective empathy: A comparison between paper-and-pencil versus online formats in Italian samples

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The most recent conceptualizations of empathy recognize affective empathy as distinct from cognitive empathy. Consequently, instruments that assess these 2 types of empathy have been developed. Among them, the Questionnaire of Cognitive and Affective Empathy (QCAE) is a particularly promising, relatively new, self-report measure consisting of 31 items. To examine the cross-cultural adaptability of the QCAE, we investigated the psychometric properties of an Italian version in 2 samples and with 2 different formats of administration. Study 1 (n = 407) used archival data collected via paper and pencil; Study 2 (n = 285) used newly collected data, obtained with an online format. In these studies, in addition to the QCAE, 6 other instruments measuring empathy-related constructs (i.e., interpersonal competence, well-being, personality traits, emotion regulation, alexithymia, and emotion recognition) were administered, too. Data analysis focused on factor structure, internal consistency, and convergent validity. The findings of both studies provide support for the cross-cultural applicability of the QCAE, and reveal interesting associations between empathy and the other constructs under examination.

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  • TORONTO-ALEXITHYMIA-SCALE, EMOTION REGULATION, INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE, ASPERGER-SYNDROME, CROSS-VALIDATION, NORMAL ADULTS, VALIDITY, DIFFICULTIES, RELIABILITY, VERSION
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-170
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume101
Issue number2
Early online date13 Nov 2017
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Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019