About the Measure

Domains Emotional Intelligence (mixed and trait), Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Subscales Affective empathy; Cognitive empathy; Sympathy
Description The Adolescent Measure of Empathy and Sympathy (AMES), (1) balances the emphasis on affective empathy and cognitive empathy, (2) uses unambiguous wording and (3) distinguishes between empathy and sympathy.
Example When my friend is sad, I become sad too
Link http://www.ccam-ascor.nl/research-measures?id=393:ames&catid=54

Implementation details

No. of items 12
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 10-15
Cost single purchase Free
Cost per child Free

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .75-.86
Test retest 2 weeks, r= [.56,.69]
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 3-factor oblique
CFA 3-factor model
RMSEA = .07
CFI = .94
TLI = .92
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Empathetic concern (Interpersonal Reactivity Index), r= [.29,.63]; Perspective taking (Interpersonal Reactivity Index), r= [.21,.45]; Prosocial behaviour (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire), r= [.14,.50]; Physical aggression (Aggression Questionnaire), r= [-.36,-.07]
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Vossen, H. G., Piotrowski, J. T., & Valkenburg, P. M. (2015). Development of the adolescent measure of empathy and sympathy (AMES). Personality and Individual Differences, 74, 66-71. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.09.040