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The relation between empathy and depressive symptoms in a Dutch population sample

Bennik, E. C., Jeronimus, B. F. & Aan Het Rot, M., Jan-2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 242, p. 48-51 4 p.

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Bennik, E. C., Jeronimus, B. F., & Aan Het Rot, M. (2019). The relation between empathy and depressive symptoms in a Dutch population sample. Journal of Affective Disorders, 242, 48-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.08.008

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Bennik, Elise C. ; Jeronimus, Bertus F. ; Aan Het Rot, Marije. / The relation between empathy and depressive symptoms in a Dutch population sample. In: Journal of Affective Disorders. 2019 ; Vol. 242. pp. 48-51.

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Bennik, EC, Jeronimus, BF & Aan Het Rot, M 2019, 'The relation between empathy and depressive symptoms in a Dutch population sample', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 242, pp. 48-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.08.008

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The relation between empathy and depressive symptoms in a Dutch population sample. / Bennik, Elise C.; Jeronimus, Bertus F.; Aan Het Rot, Marije.

In: Journal of Affective Disorders, Vol. 242, 01.2019, p. 48-51.

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Bennik EC, Jeronimus BF, Aan Het Rot M. The relation between empathy and depressive symptoms in a Dutch population sample. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2019 Jan;242:48-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.08.008


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title = "The relation between empathy and depressive symptoms in a Dutch population sample",
abstract = "BACKGROUND: Impairments in social functioning are common in individuals with (sub)clinical levels of depression. One possible underlying mechanism of this relationship is low empathy. The present study examined linear and non-linear associations between empathy and depressive symptoms, and whether these associations were moderated by gender.METHODS: Using the Empathy Quotient scale, cognitive and affective empathy were assessed using a large convenience sample from the general Dutch population (N = 3076). Depressive symptoms were indexed by the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) and the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (QIDS-SR16).RESULTS: Low cognitive empathy was associated with more depressive symptoms. There was a weak positive relation between affective empathy and depressive symptoms, indexed by the QIDS rather than the DASS.LIMITATIONS: Generalizing results to the general population remains difficult with a convenience sample. Self-reported data may be affected by social-desirability or sex-stereotypical reporting biases.CONCLUSIONS: Our results support a linear relationship between cognitive empathy and symptoms of depression. There was some evidence for non-linear associations and a moderating role of gender, but these patterns were not observed across all types of analysis.",
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N2 - BACKGROUND: Impairments in social functioning are common in individuals with (sub)clinical levels of depression. One possible underlying mechanism of this relationship is low empathy. The present study examined linear and non-linear associations between empathy and depressive symptoms, and whether these associations were moderated by gender.METHODS: Using the Empathy Quotient scale, cognitive and affective empathy were assessed using a large convenience sample from the general Dutch population (N = 3076). Depressive symptoms were indexed by the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) and the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (QIDS-SR16).RESULTS: Low cognitive empathy was associated with more depressive symptoms. There was a weak positive relation between affective empathy and depressive symptoms, indexed by the QIDS rather than the DASS.LIMITATIONS: Generalizing results to the general population remains difficult with a convenience sample. Self-reported data may be affected by social-desirability or sex-stereotypical reporting biases.CONCLUSIONS: Our results support a linear relationship between cognitive empathy and symptoms of depression. There was some evidence for non-linear associations and a moderating role of gender, but these patterns were not observed across all types of analysis.

AB - BACKGROUND: Impairments in social functioning are common in individuals with (sub)clinical levels of depression. One possible underlying mechanism of this relationship is low empathy. The present study examined linear and non-linear associations between empathy and depressive symptoms, and whether these associations were moderated by gender.METHODS: Using the Empathy Quotient scale, cognitive and affective empathy were assessed using a large convenience sample from the general Dutch population (N = 3076). Depressive symptoms were indexed by the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) and the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (QIDS-SR16).RESULTS: Low cognitive empathy was associated with more depressive symptoms. There was a weak positive relation between affective empathy and depressive symptoms, indexed by the QIDS rather than the DASS.LIMITATIONS: Generalizing results to the general population remains difficult with a convenience sample. Self-reported data may be affected by social-desirability or sex-stereotypical reporting biases.CONCLUSIONS: Our results support a linear relationship between cognitive empathy and symptoms of depression. There was some evidence for non-linear associations and a moderating role of gender, but these patterns were not observed across all types of analysis.

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