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Altruism and Empathy Measures

Year: 

1994, 2003, 2006

Description: 

Two reports from the National Opinion Research Center (February 6, 2006 and July 25, 2003) looked at altruism using a national sample of adult Americans. A number of different measures were used and are detailed below.

Age Range: 

Adults

Inventory: 

  • 2 reports

TEST: Davis Empathy Scale
PUBLICATION DATE: (1994)
DESCRIPTION: The Davis Empathy Scale measures empathy using seven items on a 7-point likert scale.
AGE RANGE: Adults
INVENTORY: Copy of test
PUBLISHER: Davis, Mark H. (1996). Empathy: a social psychological approach. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.
QUALIFICATION LEVEL: A

TEST: Altruistic Love or AGAPE
PUBLICATION DATE: (2006)
DESCRIPTION: Four items measure interpersonal, altruistic love or agape using a 4-point likert scale.
AGE RANGE: Adults
INVENTORY: Copy of test
PUBLISHER: National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
QUALIFICATION LEVEL: A

TITLE: Altruistic Values
PUBLICATION DATE: (2006)
DESCRIPTION: Four items measure altruistic values using a 4-point likert scale.
AGE RANGE: Adults
INVENTORY: Copy of test
PUBLISHER: National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
QUALIFICATION LEVEL: A

TITLE: Altruistic Behaviors
PUBLICATION DATE: (2006)
DESCRIPTION: Consists of an 11 item battery looking at the estimated number of times particular acts were undertaken. The second battery has 4 items relating to acts performed for "people known personally."
AGE RANGE: Adults
INVENTORY: Copy of test
PUBLISHER: National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
QUALIFICATION LEVEL: A

 

Notes: 

1) Smith, T.W. (2006). Altruism and empathy in America: Trends and correlates. Chicago: National Opinion Research Center/University of Chicago. (Click URL 1)
2) Smith, T.W. (2003). Altruism in contemporary America: A report from the National Altruism Study. Chicago: National Opinion Research Center/University of Chicago. (Click URL 2)
3) Extra forms in BSB 158A
 

Publisher: 

Qualification Level: 

Level A or 3

Test Category: 

Personality - Non-projective

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