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Maria Okatova1
  • 1 Lomonosov Moscow State University, 1 Leninskie Gory, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

Approbation of the Russian Version of the Questionnaire of Cognitive and Affective Empathy

2021. Vol. 18. No. 4. P. 685–699 [issue contents]
The article presents the results of approbation of the Questionnaire of Cognitive and Affective Empathy in Russia. Unlike other methods aimed at diagnosing empathy available to a Russian-speaking researcher, this questionnaire demonstrates good psychometric properties and is suitable for measuring both cognitive and affective empathy. 788 participants aged 18-66 (M = 26, SD = 10.1; 707 females и 81 males) took part in the study. Confirmatory factor analyses supported the factor structure of the original QCAE, both models tested demonstrate acceptable goodness of fit indices. Its scales showed good internal consistency, its subscales demonstrated satisfactory internal consistency. Convergent validity is confirmed by correlations with scales of emotional intelligence, psychopathy, Machiavellianism. Cognitive empathy correlated positively with all subscales of emotional intelligence, affective empathy correlated positively with interpersonal emotional intelligence, but negatively with intrapersonal emotional intelligence. Psychopathy and Machiavellianism correlated negatively with affective empathy and one subscale of cognitive empathy. The levels of affective empathy were found to be higher in women than men; no gender differences in the levels of cognitive empathy were found. The results make it possible to consider the suggested version of the questionnaire as a tool for assessing cognitive and affective empathy. Russian version of QCAE can be used for future assessment of empathy in both clinical and research practice, including cross-cultural studies.

Citation: Okatova M. (2021) Aprobatsiya russkoyazychnoy versii oprosnika kognitivnoy i affektivnoy empatii [Approbation of the Russian Version of the Questionnaire of Cognitive and Affective Empathy]. Psychology. Journal of Higher School of Economics, vol. 18, no 4, pp. 685-699 (in Russian)
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