Adaptación y validación de un instrumento para la evaluación de la empatía en niños y adolescentes: Teca-na

Translated title of the contribution: Adaptation and validation of an instrument to assess empathy in children and adolescents: TECA-NA

Belén López-Pérez, Tamara Ambrona, María Márquez-González

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Abstract

In this study, we describe the process of development and validation of an instrument (TECA-NA) to assess empathy in children and adolescents. The TECANA is a 30- item questionnaire which was developed based on the Cognitive and Affective Empathy Test (TECA). The TECA-NA questionnaire has the same fourfactor structure than the TECA: perspective taking, emotional understanding, personal distress and empathic joy, which account for 38.88 % of the total variance. The TECA-NA questionnaire and other measures were applied to 670 participants, with ages ranging from 10 to 16 years old (M= 13.01; SD= 1.99). The results showed that the TECA-NA has adequate internal consistency, and appropriate convergent and discriminant validity. In addition, the results found in the exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses replicated the structure of the questionnaire the TECA-NA is based on, considering the goodness-of-it indexes. This new measure expands the array of available questionnaires to assess empathy in children and adolescents, considering both the cognitive and affective components of empathy.

Translated title of the contributionAdaptation and validation of an instrument to assess empathy in children and adolescents: TECA-NA
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalBehavioral Psychology/ Psicologia Conductual
Volume22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Adolescents and psychological assessment
  • Children
  • Empathy

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