About the Measure

Domains Emotional Intelligence (mixed and trait)
Key stages Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
Subscales Bryant (1982) suggested the measure was unidimensional whereas De Wied et al. (2007) suggested a two factor solution comprising Empathic sadness and Attitude; Del Barrio proposed a 3-factor structure comprising Feelings of sadness, Understanding feelings and Tearful reaction
Description Assesses dispositional affective empathy in children 6 years and older.
Example It makes me sad to see a girl who can't find anyone to play with
Link https://www.jstor.org/stable/1128984?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Implementation details

No. of items 22
Format Dichotomous
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 5-12
Cost single purchase Available in jou
Cost per child Available in jou

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .54-.79
Test retest 2 weeks, r= [.74,.86]
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 2-factor orthogo
CFA 3-factor model
Chi-square(164)= 447.52
CFI = .92
RMSEA = .05
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity r= .33 with Feshbach and Roe Empathy measure; r= [.54,.76] with Mehrabian and Epstein empathy measure
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Bryant, B. (1982). An Index of Empathy for Children and Adolescents. Child Development, 53(2), 413-425. doi:10.2307/1128984
De Wied, M., Maas, C., Van Goozen, S., Vermande, M., Engels, R., Meeus, W., ... Goudena, P. (2007). Bryant's Empathy Index. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 23(2), 99-104. doi:10.1027/1015-5759.23.2.99
Del Barrio, V., Aluja, A., & García, L. (2004). Bryant's Empathy Index for children and adolescents: psychometric properties in the Spanish language. Psychological Reports, 95(1), 257-262. doi:10.2466/pr0.95.1.257-262