Title

Development and Validation of the Single Item Trait Empathy Scale (SITES)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2018

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Empathy involves feeling compassion for others and imagining how they feel. In this article, we develop and validate the Single Item Trait Empathy Scale (SITES), which contains only one item that takes seconds to complete. In seven studies (N = 5724), the SITES was found to be both reliable and valid. It correlated in expected ways with a wide variety of intrapersonal outcomes. For example, it is negatively correlated with narcissism, depression, anxiety, and alexithymia. In contrast, it is positively correlated with other measures of empathy, self-esteem, subjective well-being, and agreeableness. The SITES also correlates with a wide variety of interpersonal outcomes, especially compassion for others and helping others. The SITES is recommended in situations when time or question quantity is constrained.

Comments

Original version available from the publisher at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092656617301137

DOI

10.1016/j.jrp.2017.11.009

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