Social empathy attitudes: Do latino students have more?

Elizabeth Segal, Karen E. Gerdes, Jennifer Mullins, M. Alex Wagaman, David Androff

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This article reports on the "social empathy attitudes" results that were part of a larger study on empathy in college students at a large research university in the Southwest. Two hundred ninety-four students completed the Social Empathy Assessment Index (SEAI). The research hypothesis was that students of color would have higher levels of social empathy attitudes than Caucasian students. The statistically significant SEAI items suggested that Latino students identify as more collectivist and more optimistic and have higher levels of social empathy attitudes. Latinos may be more willing to help a stranger than either Caucasians or members of other racial groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-454
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1 2011


  • Collectivism
  • Cultural re- silience
  • Empathy
  • Latino culture
  • Social empathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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