About the Measure

Domains Emotional Intelligence (mixed and trait), Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages
Subscales Emotion contagion; Attention to others’ feelings; Prosocial actions
Description The Empathy Questionnaire (EmQue) is a 20 item questionnaire filled out by parents, indicating the degree of empathy that their child (between 1 – 6 years old) showed over the last two months on a three-point-scale.
Example When another child cries, my child gets upset too
Link https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carin_Wiefferink/publication/229105774_Assessing_empathy_in_young_children_Construction_and_validation_of_an_Empathy_Questionnaire_EmQue/links/00463531ebc152c2f8000000.pdf

Implementation details

No. of items 20
Format Likert
Respondent Parent
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 1-5
Cost single purchase Free
Cost per child Free

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .58-.80
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 3-factor oblique
CFA Not reported
Criterion validity r= [.23,.67] with Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire; r= [-.39,-.41] with empathy task
Construct validity Not reported
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Rieffe, C., Ketelaar, L., & Wiefferink, C. H. (2010). Assessing empathy in young children: Construction and validation of an Empathy Questionnaire (EmQue). Personality and Individual Differences, 49(5), 362-367. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2010.03.046