The Basic Dialogue and the Capacity for Empathy

  • Louise J. Kaplan
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 1)


In reviewing recent experimental studies of altruism in young children, including their own work, Yarrow et al. noted the hazards of interpreting findings which depend on relating experimentally contrived adult nurturance to experimentally elicited child-behaviors such as sharing, concern for others, and understanding of others (Yarrow, Scott, & Waxier, 1973). Results of experimental study of these variables have been inconsistent. “Nurturance is reported as having facilitating effects, no effects and depressor effects on learning” (p. 257).


Ball Game Home Base Temper Tantrum Symbolic Play Mirror Reaction 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louise J. Kaplan
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  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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