5–6 Year Old Children’s Empathy and Its Relation with Attention and Parenting Style

Andra Movsesjan, Dominyka Puzaitė, Tomas Lazdauskas


The article presents a 5–6 year old children empathy research. The aim of the study is to analyze 5–6 year old children’s (N = 96) empathy and its relation with attention as factor of internal context and parenting styles as factor of external context of child. It also compares the empathy level of girls and boys. A total of 96 children (42 girls and 54 boys) took part in the research. The unfinished tales method to assess children’s empathy and four tasks battery to assess children’s attention were used. Both mother and father completed questionnaire to indicate parenting styles. The results showed that girls and boys do not differ in the level of empathy, and the child’s attention and empathy are related. It was also found that children whose parents apply the same parenting style, empathy is higher compared to those children whose parents apply the different parenting styles. The results are discussed in the context of previous studies, also are presented recommendations for educational and parenting practice.

Keywords: children’s empathy, children’s attention, parenting styles.

How to cite: Movsesjan, A., Puzaitė, D., & Lazdauskas, T. (2014). 5–6 metų vaikų empatija ir jos ryšys su dėmesiu bei tėvų taikomu auklėjimo stiliumi [5–6-year-old children’s empathy and its relation with attention and parenting style]. Ugdymo psichologija, 25, 5–17. http://dx.doi.org/10.15823/up.2014.01

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