Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 77–86 | Cite as

Mother-child relations and the development of empathy: A short-term longitudinal study

  • Michael Siegal


Ninety-four first graders were given measures of parental identification, gender consistency, and empathy early in the school year and six months later. The results suggest that the capacity for empathy in children is related to identification with their mothers.


Longitudinal Study Social Psychology Parental Identification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Siegal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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