The QCAE: A Questionnaire of Cognitive and Affective Empathy

by Victoria Jesswein last modified 2020-08-16T17:35:08-07:00
Journal of Personality Assessment, 93(1), 84–95, 2011 Copyright C Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 0022-3891 print / 1532-7752 online RENATE L. E. P. RENIERS, 1,2 RHIANNON CORCORAN, 3 RICHARD DRAKE, 2 NICK M. SHRYANE, 4 AND BIRGIT A. VOLLM ¨ 5 1Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Nottingham, United Kingdom 2Neuroscience & Psychiatry Unit, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom 3Division of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom 4Institute of Social Change, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom 5Section of Forensic Mental Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom Empathy has been inconsistently defined and inadequately measured. This research aimed to produce a new and rigorously developed questionnaire. Exploratory (n1 = 640) and confirmatory (n2 = 318) factor analyses were employed to develop the Questionnaire of Cognitive and Affective Empathy (QCAE). Principal components analysis revealed 5 factors (31 items). Confirmatory factor analysis confirmed this structure in an independent sample. The hypothesized 2-factor structure (cognitive and affective empathy) was tested and provided the best and most parsimonious fit to the data. Gender differences, convergent validity, and construct validity were examined. The QCAE is a valid tool for assessing cognitive and affective empathy.

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