About the Measure

Domains Emotional Intelligence (mixed and trait)
Key stages Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Affective empathy; Cognitive empathy
Description The instrument is made up of two subscales detecting two different components of empathetic responsiveness: the affective empathy subscale, measuring the emotional congruence with another person's emotions, and the cognitive empathy subscale, measuring ability to understand another person's emotions.
Example My friends emotions don't affect me much
Link Contact author at dj211@cam.ac.uk

Implementation details

No. of items 20
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 9-18
Cost single purchase Available from a
Cost per child Available from a

Psychometric details

UK norms Yes
Cronbach's α .77-.87
Test retest 3 weeks, r= [.54,.70]
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 2-factor orthogo
CFA 2-factor model
GFI= .89
AGFI= .86
RMS= .06
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity r= [-.20,-.17] with Toronto–Alexithymia scale; r= [.35,.53] with Interpersonal Reactivity Index; r= [-.10,.34] with Big Five Personality traits
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Jolliffe, D., & Farrington, D. P. (2006). Development and validation of the Basic Empathy Scale. Journal of Adolescence, 29(4), 589-611. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2005.08.010
D’Ambrosio, F., Olivier, M., Didon, D., & Besche, C. (2009). The basic empathy scale: A French validation of a measure of empathy in youth. Personality and Individual Differences, 46(2), 160-165. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2008.09.020